I loved a recent blog from Seth Godin, in which he explored the demands our ego places on polishing the average instead of seeking out the exceptional.
Successful businesses are based on having the best product at the best price. Of course, the same thing can be said for top sports teams. If you have the best players in your team, then you are more than likely to win the game.
It all sounds so obvious, eh?
So why is it that when we seek out exceptional talent for our business, we then set rules, processes & structures in place that constrain them from showing off their talents?
We seem to spend our time seeking to replicate the average instead of encouraging special exceptions.
It reminds me of the Timothy Gallwey story. When delivering a seminar to an audience of tennis professionals, Gallwey wished to demonstrate a confusion between competing & winning. he asked the people gathered in the crowded hall "If I said I had a secret formula that meant you would win every game you played, would you take it?"
The hands shot up around the hall as each person declared their interest in Gallwey's formula.
He leaned forward, put his hand to his mouth, as you do when you are about to share a secret, and said in a hushed voice "simply play someone who is much worse than you!"
Seek out the exceptional and let them be exceptional. Banish the average!