Egg Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free???
I believe we should optimize. I believe we should sometimes maximize. I do not think it is productive to compromise.
Think of it like food, more specifically a dessert that you really enjoy. For me it is marble cake with white butter cream frosting. Optimizing the cake deals with the ratio of frosting to cake and the ratio of sugar to butter in the frosting. Texture, moisture, density also come into play. Maximizing the cake deals with getting as much of it as I can. Bear with me.
Now, if someone offered me an egg free, gluten free, sugar free marble cake with white frosting, I might just get sick to my stomach. That's not cake! Let alone dessert. With that offering no one is happy, it's not even good enough for the garbage. This comrades, is what compromising looks like. Trying to make something into something else that it ought not be. Dessert is not good for you. Period. Leave my dessert alone and keep your compromising creativity away from it.
The leadership technique of compromise is born out of laziness and fear.
It is intellectually lazy because you focus more on trying to get everyone to get along instead of taking bold action to do what is best for your organization and mission. It is born of fear because when leaders compromise they are creating an alibi for themselves if things don't quite work out.
If you want to inspire people and achieve your goals do not compromise. If you want dessert, have it, even eat it. If you want a salad, have that. As a leader don't serve your people and mission cake with salad in it.
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