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Ignore Standards

There’s no shortage of standards in the business world; sometimes it seems that even standards have standards. Some people equate standards with bureaucracy, but in fact bureaucracy is more about regulations than standards. Still, standards themselves can often be cumbersome—especially when there seems to be competing standards governing the same project. Having said that, what do you suppose would happen if we had no standards at all? Worse still, what would happen if each individual employee worked according to his or her own standards?

    If a company has no standards to follow, its culture will seem inconsistent from the inside as well as the outside. On the other hand, standards have to reflect the work, the culture, and the people at hand. Sometimes you need to adjust or even change standards. It’s a matter of deciding when change is needed and when the status quo is the best choice. Let’s face it: things change, and if you want to keep pace, you have to change, too.
“The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves”.
Ray Kroc

Do you have standards?

Do you control how standards are followed?

Does the team know the standards? Are they realistic?

Are standards reviewed?


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