Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded!
One of my managers use to volunteer his team for all of the crappiest projects in the plant. These were the projects that no one wanted to do either because of complexity or perceived low return on investment or they were just down right filthy.
We were doing a project to open up some manufacturing space on the plant floor and someone asked him, “Why do you always volunteer us for these types of projects?” He replied, “Because no one else wants to do them. It’s just like flipping an old dilapidated house, it’s an eye sore of the neighborhood and everyone wants it demolished but if you slap on a fresh coat of paint, put some landscaping in, tear out the carpet and update the fixtures, then it becomes the highlight of the neighborhood.”
We all agreed that with very little attention and effort, you could turn the house around. He also said, “Just like these projects we volunteer for, the situations are so bad and what people don't understand is, it’s not that hard to get started but whoever addresses the issue, they get a lot of respect. Even if you fail, they reward you for taking the risk, plus who doesn’t like a fresh coat of paint.”
The lesson learned for me was, Go the Extra Mile, the road may seem impossible or the critics may question your decision but when all is said and done, you’ll always come off on top! Remember everyone has low expectations of the outcome and even if you just slap some paint on it, you’ll change their perspective and they will always remember you for it.