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I am not a fan of corporate speak.

There is a culture of buzzwords and having meetings to plan meetings and spew catchy phrases that permeates the business world.  I am not a fan.


To me, common sense should win out in the end and if you can’t rely on your common sense, then something is horribly, horribly, wrong.

Common sense tells you that if you step out in front of that bus coming down the hill at 40 mph, you’re gonna get splatted.  You don’t need an inspirational placard to inform you about the bus or the impending splatting.  (Or maybe you do?)

Common sense also tells you that electricity and water do not mix, yet there has to be a warning label on the hair dryer not to use it in the bathtub, so maybe I am way off here and there is no such thing as common sense anymore, which makes me sad.

I’m of a mind that if you employ good, talented people who know how to do their jobs, and you give them the tools needed to do those jobs, whatever they might be, they will excel.

To me, this is common sense.

That’s not to say there doesn’t need to be management, guidance, direction.  Common sense tells you that these things are very important.  But I don’t believe that buzzwords are the tools you need to do your job.  Catchy phrases?  Uh, no.  Inspriational posters can be pretty and eye catching, but do they honestly inspire anyone to go above and beyond or are they just a waste of money?

Am I just cynical here?

And last, the meeting that doesn’t accomplish anything.  I enjoy a break from my desk, I really do – I think we all do.  But you know what?  When you are truly busy, when you have so much work to do you are trying to figure out how to get it all done without your brain esploding (the s is on purpose) – that is not the time to be pulled into a meaningless confab.  That is not when a meeting to discuss the possibility of maybe someday making a decision but you want to put that decision off until you can have some more meetings because you need to discuss it some more and so the decision becomes that everyone in the room check their calendars so a follow up meeting can be scheduled to discuss the takeaways from the meeting everyone is in right now helps.

All it does is make me crazy.

How about you?

~P

1 comment for “SUCCESS

  1. Caroline
    April 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Sounds like my old job. Only you missed out the bit about people always blaming everyone else for something that hasn’t even gone wrong. Yet. Some of the non-decision-making was due to not wanting to be held accountable when it all went wrong.

    And those posters? I hate being told what to think or feel. They only serve to annoy me. A bunch of trite cliches that people would not need if they were actually being honest about what they were trying to communicate. Grr.

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