The clearer the objective, the better the performance

Once upon a time, a man saw three stone-cutters cutting
stone. He noticed that the work of the first stone-cutter was
average, the work of the second stone-cutter was good, and
the work of the third stone-cutter was better.

The man asked the first stone-cutter, “What are you
doing?”

The first stone-cutter replied, “I am cutting stone.”

The man asked the same question to the second
stone-cutter, “What are you doing?”

The second stone-cutter replied, “I am cutting stone to
make it smooth.”

Again, the man asked the same question to the third
stone-cutter, “What are you doing?”

The third stone-cutter replied, “I am cutting stone to
make a cathedral.”

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Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani

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