WorkStrong: Realizing Our Own Greatness

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From Peter Weddle’s WorkStrong blog:

Americans need to work smarter.

There’s a new book out called Good Enough Is the New Perfect. It’s a catchy title, but a terrible idea.

Yes, of course, we can overdo our quest for ever-better performance on-the-job. And certainly, many of us do forget to stop and enjoy what we have already achieved with our work. But those two misinterpretations of a commitment to self-improvement don’t negate the importance of searching for our best self. In fact, Realizing Our Own Greatness Is the Best Perfect in the modern American workplace.

Why is that?

Because there’s a new kind of energy driving global economic competition. The old source – labor – has been replaced by something far more powerful – genius. Our competitors in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Germany and elsewhere are no longer trying to beat us with cheaper workers. They’re taking it to us with smarter ones.

Now, before you rise up in righteous indignation, let’s get a couple of things straight. First, I’m not saying American workers have been practicing “labor for dummies.” I am saying, however, that our competitors have upped their game. They are performing at a higher level of quality and productivity … and so must we.

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