I am playing a small role in a play that is going to be performed by 301 Productions (a Pune-based theater group that I am a part of) for the students of a school for visually challenged.
We had a rehearsal yesterday. I was making sure that I was pushing myself to do a better job as this is my first acting performance and I want to do a good job. The acting skill is not inherent to me. We discussed our progress at the end of the rehearsal. The director mentioned that the output by all the actors was still not what he’d like it to be. He wanted us to rehearse at home, put in our best and really enjoy what we were doing to put up a magnificent play.
I find this situation to be very similar to the one in the corporate world. Employee thinks he’s putting enough into the work and employer wants his employees to put in more.
Life, indeed, imitates art and art imitates life. (Thanks to Suruchi Wagh for introducing this quote to me)
The 2 examples, albeit, are slightly different.
Nobody minded what the director of the play said because his expectations are totally fair. He knows we can do better and thus wants us to. We know we can do better and we want to. It’s because we want to do an incredible show to put smiles on faces of those who cannot experience the play visually but audibly. What’s highlighted is that the team is driven by a common cause.
In corporate world, people are often driven by different causes. If only all the stakeholders – employer and employees – worked together for a common cause of producing great work and taking care of everyone’s interests to a possible extent, that the employees would definitely put more than what they think they ought to and the employer would naturally appreciate these efforts!