(photo: We can approach our day trying to maintain things or trying to become remarkable – which is what our customers want)
Boss: Do everything you’re supposed to do plus one or two projects that add great value to our department.
Subordinate: Hmm… Ok. Sounds good. (Then quietly thinks to herself, “So you’re saying do a ‘good’ job at my day job, and do one or two great things on the side?”)
What this tells the employee is that pursuing excellence, you know, being freaking remarkable at your day job, is not the main focus.
What if the ‘side-project’ was to become the main project?
A category of one.