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June 30, 2007

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

Dave Barry

This is your idea for the weekend. Carry it through to Monday and stop trying to define your job. Something I’ve found is that 90% of all people working today don’t really know what they’re doing. Of course they don’t admit this but if you put an idea into the mix which makes sense, is a little wacky, and tell people to work on it, they have no idea what to do. They will flounder about in relative silence, look at you funny, accuse you of knowing nothing before trying to format the idea back into something which looks like what they were doing before.

From this I have learnt two things.

1) People don’t really want to change (despite what they say).
2) If you force them to change it’s probable you won’t get paid and/or asked back.

People get employed into companies saying yes to people who have been there longer and who have been lumped with the task of showing the newbie around. This is the first entry into understanding what you are not meant to be doing. Every idea you wanted to bring into the place will be systematically shelved and you will be following the person who showed you around (who followed some person before et al) until you are to the point where someone is employed and you are asked to do the same thing.

So everyone is bumbling along in Indian file like sheep, one following another creating a chain reaction which is both known and comfortable. The job gets done and you learn through time the limits of your position in the file and of what you can do without breaking the chain. This is easy to gauge because everytime you throw a rock in the pond those in front of you will look back and gently bring you back to order.

Is this your fault? No. It’s a management fault and the kiss of death to all companies. As Seth has so rightly said – When there is a gap between doing the job and doing the right thing, then management has failed.

Where are you in the line and will you dare to dance?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2007 4:17 pm

    a bit cynical but on the mark.

    what would dad say

  2. July 4, 2007 4:42 am

    Cynical is my middle name (actually it’s Steven but I needed something quippy).

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