My wife and I were strolling around one of the many lakes in Fort Collins, CO and I saw milkweed plants growing around the lake. I noticed them because I had not seen any since I was a boy in the Ohio countryside. The pervasive use of herbicides to eradicate noxious weeds almost eliminated milkweed from our land. I explained to Desiree’ that milkweed is one of the only, and maybe the only plant on which the Monarch butterflies can feed so, as the milkweed plants declined, so did the beautiful Monarch.
How many parallels can we find in the work place? Situations where every department or individual contributor makes the “right” decision (like killing off weeds to allow crops to produce more food) but the greater organism/organization dies-off as a result, like the Monarch butterfly.
I challenge all of us to look at the whole “organism” we work to support and not just the portion for which we are responsible. Is there a functionality you can implement later, or a specification that can be relaxed a bit so the product can be launched on time or even early? It is likely the last 2% improvement you CAN implement will never be appreciated or even noticed, but the lost revenue can cost you or others their livelihood.
It is the responsibility of all of the members of the organization to challenge the status quo and cease the “just doing my job” mentality. Farmers just “doing their job” killed-off the Monarch butterflies. Do you want to repeat this experience with your company and its/your jobs?