Entrepreneurship Development: Setting Your Standards (I)
IIn the past we have discussed issues such as self-management, relationship management, getting things done, etc. Putting all of this together should, over time, lead to the development of a personal lifestyle complete with the right personal and personal philosophies. discipline to do whatever you need to do. Your personal lifestyles are the results and a demonstration of the personal standards you have developed and set for yourself. Setting your standards in this sense is our topic today.
In “Adventures in Power, Book Two”, Chief Obafemi Awolowo told a story about himself and Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
On September 30, 1960, the eve of Nigeria’s independence, the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, invited Chief Obafemi Awolowo for a meeting at 7 p.m. Chief Awolowo drove from Ibadan and arrived at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Lagos at 6:55 p.m. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister was always busy with foreign dignitaries who had come for the independence celebrations and therefore could not be with Chief Awolowo immediately. The Prime Minister, through his private secretary, Mr. Odukale, regretted any inconvenience the delay may have caused. When Chief Awolowo inquired how long the delay might last, the secretary replied that he did not expect it to be up to an hour.
Chief Awolowo told the secretary: “…You will tell the Prime Minister that I am here at the time fixed by him. I came all the way from Ibadan. I certainly can’t wait and I won’t wait. If he still wants to meet me, he can contact me at Dr. Akanni Doherty’s by eight o’clock, or at the VIP nursing home in Ikeja anytime after eight-thirty. Chief Awolowo continued: “…Sir Abubakar phoned me around 9pm at Ikeja VIP rest house. He expressed his regret that he could not attend to me at the time he had appointed and offered to come to see me immediately at Ikeja. He came, and we talked…”
Chief Awolowo’s refusal to “wait” about an hour was neither disrespectful nor necessarily because he had another commitment. The important thing, which was the chef’s “message”, was basically that “no one can waste my time”. The leader had the right and the responsibility to protect himself how he could be “treated”, even by a prime minister. On the other hand, the prime minister showed some humility by visiting and apologizing to the leader later that evening when he finally got a window. Each of the two gentlemen did what was right and honorable under the circumstances. One had a standard for how to spend your time and the other had a standard for how to sincerely make amends.
Unfortunately, in our current environment, we break promises we have made to others without remorse on a daily basis and also accept disrespectful treatment from others. It is a statement of our low personal standards that we agree to wait at a wedding for five hours before the couple arrives. It is a demonstration of our low standards when we accept shoddy work from the contractor we have commissioned to do a job in our factory. Our low standards in all that we do and let others do to us are largely responsible for the many failures of our society. We can only do better by having higher standards of what we do and what we accept from others.
Whatever our vocation in life, we project what our personal standards are day and night through the quality of what we do and the quality of what we accept from others. The parent who speaks only the truth and who asks his child to speak only the truth sets a high moral standard for his life and that of his child. The entrepreneur who accepts poor quality raw materials from suppliers, higher rejection rates from the production team and delivers poor quality products to his customers sets low standards in his professional life and this does not It will only be a matter of time before the company goes bankrupt.
What is the “norm”? The Cambridge Dictionary’s definition of ‘standard’ is ‘a level of quality’ or ‘a moral rule which must be adhered to’. Our personal standards will therefore be a composition of the quality of what we say, how we say what we say, what we do, how we do what we do and what we ultimately deliver. to others. In addition, our personal standards also relate to the level of quality of anything we accept from others.
Why are standards prerequisite to our success? Sometimes the first time we meet someone, we either like or trust them, or we don’t like or trust them. Unbeknownst to us, loving and trusting them even when we really don’t have much to back up our position is probably tied to something about them. It could be the way they approached us, or the way they were dressed or the way they spoke, or just something that just resonated was in dissonance with us. The thing is, some things about them made us like, trust, dislike, or distrust them. The other side of the coin is that people can and will also make the same judgment about us. If we do the right thing, people would like us and trust us, creating opportunities for us. If we do the wrong thing, people may dislike or mistrust us, closing the door to opportunity. Therefore, continually developing ourselves, saying and doing the right things, and rejecting what is substandard and bad in others are all part of our personal standards and key to our successes in life.
Scope of our personal standards: There are literally no limits to what our standards should cover. This ranges from our appearance and hygiene, our way of speaking, our ability to listen to others, our authenticity, our integrity, our loyalty, the continuous development of our knowledge and skills, our willingness to help others, our work ethic, our level of commitment and diligence in what we do. , what we are willing to tolerate and accept from others, etc.
This week, we covered what setting personal standards is, how our personal standards predate our long-term successes, and the significance of our personal standards in life. Next week we will see how we can determine and establish our personal standards.