The Barrier of Guilt and Arrogance
We tend to hit what we aim at. So why not aim high? Why not raise the bar of expectation? Why not shoot for the moon? The truth is that many teams are afraid of asking too much of each other if they aim too high. It feels better to aim low and accomplish a goal that we settle for rather than to aim high and risk failure. Guilt can lower the standard that we are capable of by causing us to say people’s “no” for them. We love to imagine that we are the only people who can carry the load required to succeed and we feel bad asking others to carry it for us. It’s a mixture of arrogance and guilt that causes a team to settle.