People measure success based on their achievements. One can accomplish a task by finishing it. Achievement is when you get something done, a project or a challenge, perhaps.
Mary Ann has been working in the company for 15 years. She’s a supervisor who leads six people. She preaches about excellence every time she has a chance.
Mary Ann’s output is wanting as she spent more time in outside activities than doing actual work. She hits some goals but missed significant ones. She does not listen to her boss, Corazon.
If you were to ask Corazon, Mary Ann is a chronic underachiever. But Mary Ann’s performance evaluation has always been very satisfactory to keep the peace in the department. Corazon has tolerated Mary Ann.
Corazon wanted to know what kind of leadership intervention must be done to change Mary Ann.
“You don’t need to change Mary Ann,” I said.
“But she’ll continue what’s she’s doing now.”
“I believe she’s not the only one.”
“There are others. But Mary Ann is the most senior, and employees know that she’s not doing her job.”
“What you need is culture change. If you want people to achieve, then make achievement your core value. If you want her to practice excellence, then do not tolerate mediocrity. What you tolerate becomes the norm. You want Mary Ann to perform at her best, but you allowed mediocrity for the sake of fake harmony.”
Corazon nodded her head in agreement.
What is achievement?
Achievement is the result gained by much effort. Most people value achievement as a yardstick of a great life. An Olympian, for example, may consider getting a medal a lifetime achievement.
It is related to accomplishment. The difference is that you can accomplish a simple task, but you won’t consider it an achievement. Achievement often means that you went through obstacles or have won over others.
As a core value, achievement requires that everyone work as one to achieve a big hairy audacious goal. It may require teamwork and for everyone to be action-oriented.
Quotes About Achievement
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.- Cesar Chavez
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein
“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” – Ayn Rand
“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. – Napoleon Hill
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. – Golda Meir
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