You might have heard the expression, or even uttered these words yourself. The meaning is simple: low standards, mediocre work, and one shouldn’t have higher expectations. However, when heard by a long-time government manager like me, these words can sting. As someone who is proud ofmy government career, I’ve often witnessed outstanding work from government teams. However, I also realize that good news isn’t always highlighted, or doesn’t play well during a ratings-driven negative news cycle.