Adequate Advancement

This evening I walked past an urban school occupying a former retail storefront. Instead of clothing, electronics, or home goods, there was colorful children’s artwork adorning the large windows, and a couple of impressive-looking government plaques that caught my eye. They proudly noted that the school had achieved “adequate advancement” over the past two years, perhaps one of the most hollow endorsements since “the beatings will continue until morale improves”.

I can only wonder how often we in the corporate world celebrate mere “adequately”, showering fancy trappings and even compensation on the merely adequate rather than encouraging and demanding superior performance.

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