Mediocrity is following the insights of everyone else regardless of the reason – the mission – that a company was created to carry out.
Openness about what a company does creates a place for conversation for the company and its customers to build on ideas together. Sounds easy, yet it’s not. It’s easy to compare only on a feature set. It’s easy to let external drivers dictate the product development road map. It’s easy to be mediocre. Simon Barry joins Jessica Dewell to talk about the mediocrity of pleasing everyone.
Starting the conversation…
- When we are out of control, what do we control?
- The show goes on – this is what we’ve got.
Host: Jessica Dewell
Guest: Simon Barry
What You Will Hear:
The end goal – we’ve built (and are still building) a product that is a solution many people/companies have.
Traps that make a business mediocre.
Silos take away the ability to know how each functional area fit (and work) together.
Good ideas can come from anywhere in a business.
Bring in new ideas, without any support.
Not saying no.
When we enter mediocrity.
Know who holds the company mission.
Avoiding mediocrity is an ongoing conversation.
No is an answer. Take the ambiguity out of it.
Notable & Quotable:
Jessica Dewell: I build a catapult to leap [over the problem].
Simon Barry: I bat away at the barrier to smash it down.
Simon Barry: Know WHY we are doing this.
Jessica Dewell: People quit caring, and trying, when people do not see their usefulness.
Simon Barry: Smart ideas are inspiring.
Simon Barry: Know how help can be delivered within the constraints of what a company can actually do.
Jessica Dewell: What people say they want versus what they really want don’t always match up.
Jessica Dewell: Say no [to the wrong ideas]. Take a stand already.
Simon Barry: Treat people with respect.
- The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”- William Arthur Ward
Tags: deviate, iterate, control, problem solving, adaptability, mission statement, collaboration, culture