Posts by Kazhuma (23)
When things go wrong and there are no obvious solutions, a task force is assembled from people with relevant skills. They will relentlessly talk about the problem every day to underline the criticality. Most members of a task force are managers who ask all the questions, plus one subject matter expert who is providing answers while trying to get back to work and solve the actual problem.
Seeking clarification is always a good thing, but there is a good chance that it means "you made absolutely no sense". You will get instant confirmation of your deficiency if all eyes turn to you. Otherwise all those who think they 'got it' will turn to lecture the inquirer... unless he's your boss.
Going beyond your limits, pushing yourself and stepping over your shadow all seem very commendable aspirations. While there are occasions where this is the intended meaning, the more common us of this term is to ask someone to commit to a goal that is not achievable due to constraints outside their control. The underlying "you're not trying hard enough" message will typically force the recipient of such a message to commit to unrealistic goals, particularly when facing senior managers.