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Do you expect too much?

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Setting high standards for yourself is good, but here’s how to monitor your level of expectations so you’ll be tough but fair:

  • Judge whether you’ve set reasonable standards for yourself and others, meaning you hit or exceed targets about 80% of the time.
  • Assess whether you’re beating yourself up about mistakes.
  • Ask others for their honest opinions of how critical you are, and compare their thoughts with your own view of the spectrum from reasonable to hypercritical.
  • What does all this imply about how you should change the way you apply standards?

Adapted from "Monday LeaderTip: Applying High Standards Responsibily," David Peck, The Recovering Leader, http://leadershipunleashed.typepad.com.

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