5 Styles for Standards

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5 Styles for Standards and Quality are shown with explanations of the results of each. You are encouraged to use more effective styles for your standards.

“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 others 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 well a project or task is completed, something is always 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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5 Styles for Standards & Quality

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