Most professionals comply to given set of instructions to deliver the expected outcomes. Plain and consistent compliance to specs only takes you so far. For real progress, one has to “add value” by going beyond the specs. It is only when you see the larger picture, do things better, differently, more efficiently that you can add value.
Recently, I was talking to one of my colleagues who is a veteran in the industry.
He told me, “One should never start any work till the time one has 102% clarity on the task/project.”
I asked, “Can you explain why 102%?”
He elaborated, “One needs to be 100% clear about specs (what needs to be done) and then have at least 2% clarity on how one can add value on top of 100%”.
I instantly agreed.
The additional 2% does not necessarily have to be stellar things. They can be small things done with a lot of care. Lot of love.
2% is what makes all the difference in our performances. It makes them all special. It helps us deliver excellence. On a long run, It helps us in ‘standing out’.
Have a Great Weekend!