The Failure of “Good-Enough” Cultures

In organizations with “good-enough” cultures, billions of dollars are wasted each year by leaders and staff who compromise on standards. Such leaders endanger themselves and their careers by permitting a “good-enough” mentality. Fortunately, this danger of mediocrity has a remedy.

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.” ~ Jean Giraudoux, French essayist

The good-enough culture plagues an organization in every aspect of its operation, all the way down to the most basic. Some of the more prominent effects are:

  • Lack of productivity
  • Staff turnover
  • Defective products
  • Warranty costs
  • Inefficiency and waste
  • Dissatisfied customers
  • Lost sales
  • Layoffs
  • Shrinking profits
  • Poor reputation

Leaders experience many more unseen problems buried down under the details of every department. If not corrected, the issues feed on themselves.

This article explores the failure of “good-enough” cultures, and offers ways leaders can overcome the good-enough syndrome to transform their organization.

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  • How a good-enough culture takes root
  • Symptoms of “good-enough”
  • Overcoming the good-enough culture

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