One of my clients is Kiewit (large construction and mining) which is this year celebrating its 125th anniversary. Peter Kiewit, who provided legendary leadership in growing the company, used the phrase “pleased but never satisfied.”
I’ve embraced a similar philosophy I call “positive discontent.” Be positive about what you’ve accomplished but don’t become content. Keep pushing to make your best better.
It applies to those you manage as well. Appreciate and congratulate people on their accomplishments but challenge them not to rest on their laurels.
Absolutely. Great phrases. I likened in to getting a stiff neck looking in the rearview mirror. Need to be looking forward. COntinuous improvement is the best competitive advantage
Hi Mark…. good to see you invoke the 4-H motto of “making the best better”…. sadly it’s a lesson missed by too many good organizations.