So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”
—Luke 17:10 (Biblica 2017)
The caretaker is a “just enough” performer. He does just enough to get by, just enough to get paid, and just enough to not get fired. While caretaker performance is a step up from the unacceptable undertaker, it is not noble; in fact, it is not even particularly notable. It is baseline, minimal, get-in-at-the-last-minute, leave-at-the-earliest-moment, pledge-allegiance-to-the-job-description, just-hold-it-all-together-while-you're-there performance.
For a caretaker, the thought of putting in extra work and effort to become his or her best self, or to get an edge and move ahead, is as appealing as a dead skunk in the middle of the road.
The Caretaker Antithesis
Phil Beckner is a men's assistant basketball coach at Boise State University and has an extended history coaching Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard, dating back to Lillard's time at Weber State. Beckner continues to serve as a personal coach and mentor, and trains Lillard now in two-week stints during off-seasons. Lillard has a world-class work ethic ...