The world has become more complex, so cooperation has become more important and the “holy trinity of efficiency” less so because they don’t promote cooperation.
So, ignore these outdated “rules”:
- clarity: everything is not clear and simple, but may change case-by-case
- accountability: creates complexity
- measurement: if single worker’s effort is measured, (s)he will concentrate on that and not on cooperation
And, in order to be productive in modern world, create organizations that:
- make cooperation useful and desirable from an individual’s point of view
- has not complex structures and measurement systems
- go for fuzziness instead of clarity
- remove most measurement systems, and instead look for cooperation
Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done
For professional success, people usually make themselves known (or brand themselves) as:
- Something unique
- Recognizable by others
- Better or more distinctive than others
- Someone who is repeating success, without failures
This way you will become a sought-after specialist for your niche.
But then again, you may get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. It can also make you stuck in your niche, and not develop yourself further.
For personal development, failure is the key for learning. You should try out things that you are unsure about, because that makes you
- Aware of what you are able to do
- Discover and learn new things
So, embrace failure.
Milton Glaser: On the Fear of Failure