5 Styles for Standards

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Standards Are Needed But How You Make them Matters

“He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His holy Spirit.” —I Thessalonians 4:8

“We can actually put the essence of neurosis in a single word: blaming–or damning.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 127

“Finding a few rare or unusual cases in order to disprove a rule only works to prove that it is a reliable rule but not an absolute rule.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

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5 Styles for Standards


  • High standards that are impossible to meet.
  • Motivate with guilt and shame.
  • Turn work environments into hell.
  • Foster sabotage.
  • Destroys some people, gets other people to quit or rebel, and turns some people into puppets or slaves.
  • Prophets of punishment as motivation.


  • High standards that are never met.
  • No matter how good or how well a project or task is completed, there is always something wrong.
  • Even a project completed perfectly could still have been done faster.
  • Always striving never arriving.
  • Prophets of coulda, woulda, and shoulda as motivation.


  • No actual or real standards.
  • Everything is considered good because it exists.
  • The least effort is equated with the most effort.
  • The poorest work is equated with the best work.
  • Discourage the best and help the worst to be lazy.
  • Prophets of high self-esteem and slobism as motivation.


  • High standards that are not reachable in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Always wanting more.
  • Always expecting more.
  • Never satisfied.
  • Expectations are never met because expectations are always increasing faster than resources or skills are.
  • Prophets of dissatisfaction as motivation.


  • Highest possible standards tempered by acceptance of results.
  • Seeks perfection but understands the reality that imperfect people, tools, and materials allow only approximation.
  • Works long and hard but knows when to accept the results and move on to the next project.
  • Prophets of inspiration and encouragement as motivation.
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