The principle we're discussing
There’s a lot to be said for being able to meet a standard. It boosts your self-esteem, teaches you something new, and challenges your brain. That’s why standards should be high regardless of what your baseline knowledge is. Going easy on someone because they know less only reinforces that smarter is better. The truth is, if you’re learning, you’re growing, no matter where you started.
Why this principle is important and matters to you
Meet Amelia. In her workplace, everyone saves and shares their work in Google Drive. That means that everyone Amelia works with needs to know how to navigate Google Drive.
Sounds easy enough, right? For Amelia and some of her colleagues who have grown up with the internet, it is. But for some of the people they work with, Google Drive can still be difficult to navigate. This discrepancy doesn’t change the way they work. It only means that the people who don’t know how to manage Google Drive need to learn. They need to meet the standard.
Changing the way the company functions to meet the capabilities of those who don’t understand Google Drive is a fixed mindset way of thinking. Pushing them to learn how to use it means that they’re growing. And growth is what we want!
This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark
Consider a time when you didn’t know how to do something everyone around you was already good at. What was that like? Did the team change what they were doing to meet you where you were, or did you have to learn how to meet their standard? What did it take to meet the standard set by the team?
Leaders: Make sure the standards you’re setting are consistent for all team members, so you’re not hindering growth.
An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights