Think of that team mate that’s really liked, but needs extra guidance with ‘careful cotton gloves’- they’re not getting the real picture. And that respected colleague who can’t print a document, and isn’t improving despite an extra 20 minutes of daily help – not getting it either.
Nobody will intuitively know the truth about their incompetence if everything is signalling that they’re ok.
And that’s not fair on them.
They need to know about resilience, taking feedback, using initiative and meeting expectations. They need to know about keeping relevant skills, remaining employable, and continuous learning.
Because when change happens – and it inevitably will – the truth will come out and totally blindside them.
And just because I like to harp on to drive my point home, what about this for a kicker? “Research has shown that a teacher’s expectations can raise or lower a student’s IQ score, that a mother’s expectations influences the drinking behavior of her middle schooler, that military trainers’ expectations can literally make a soldier run faster or slower.”
So if you want to change your life, listen to this podcast, because it will inspire you to never expect anything but the best from anyone ever again. I’m expecting you to be wowed.