Can you outperform expectations if outperforming is expected?

Today, a friend of mine relayed this quote from his company leader.

EVERYONE better outperform their expectations.

I wonder… How can you outperform expectations if your boss is expecting you to outperform your expectations? Doesn’t that create a never-ending cycle of failure?

Kind of reminds me the quote from the leader of a business I once worked at.

Come to work every day expecting to be fired.

Neither of these two folks can be considered effective motivational speakers.

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