First, this is not a political post! OK, now that’s out of the way.
It seems we live in a world where everyone is offended by something. Unfortunately, some people are offended by many things, way too many things. I get offended too, although most of what offends me is restricted to the world of business. So, here are the Top 5 business/professional “things” that offended in 2015:
Blame: Many people who fail or fall short continue to blame others. This offends me. I have a ton of respect for people who work hard, put in the effort, and still fall short. That’s admirable. What I cannot condone is people that shift blame for their own shortcomings on either outside circumstances (ones they can control) or third parties. Don’t play the blame game. It’s beneath you.
Sitting on one’s hands: This is just purely exhausting. Leaders are supposed tomake decisions. Some decisions are easily made while others require more deliberation and discussion. In the end though, a leader’s career and reputation are built on the decisions he or she ultimately makes. If you’re thinking about a change in process or policy, offering a new product or service, hiring a vendor to assist in making your organization better then by all means, go ahead and perform the vetting and due diligence. But then for goodness’ sake, put on the big pants and decide to do or not to do. The world is moving entirely too fast for 6 month periods of “thinking about it.” The best leaders make decisions. They do so carefully. They also do so quickly.
Not learning anything new: The worst! Is there anything more annoying than dealing with someone (could be a colleague or friend alike) who refuses to learn anything new? Despite ridiculous amounts of research proving otherwise, we all know people who think they already know everything. Insanity. Again, the world is changing. Therefore, it benefits us to open our minds to other points of view and suggestions. Never stop learning.Read more. Read more things that matter. Watch a documentary. Get thinking. Being obtuse offends others.
Putting profit before people: Regular readers of this blog know how passionate I am about professional development and putting an organization’s employees first. If you are taking care of your people, providing them with the necessary resources to get the job done, serving your patrons well, and ensuring that morale is high – KUDOS to you!! Stay the course. If you’re hiring the best and brightest and finding ways to keep them in your employ, all the better! If you’re not – that is, if you’re constantly cutting corners, exploiting your employees, taking advantage of their time and talent – well, you’re committing offensive actions. Please cease and desist immediately and remember if you don’t, your best employees will be the ones to leave.
It’s offensive that so many people are so offended: Whether it’s a coffee cup (oh, Starbucks,) Darth Vader’s costume color (yes, this actually was discussed on a talk show yesterday,) Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Halloween and their ugly witches, etc. etc. etc. the list goes on and on and on and on and on – how about if we all care about things that can and will change people’s lives for the better? Can we try that in 2016?
I think if people have the time to fight these superficial battles, then what’s going on in their lives must be pretty darn good. You don’t have to worry about being homeless or running out of money to pay your bills. You have the blessings associated with the Holidays (whichever holiday you celebrate.) You’ve never known what it’s like to be on the brink of starvation. You own a business that continues to do remarkably well. You have the best employees on the planet. You trust everyone you work with. Your company doesn’t tolerate blame, your boss makes decisions, you are encouraged to be a lifelong learner because it benefits you and your organization, and you work in the spirit of collaboration. If you have these things, be grateful. Show appreciation.
Stop being so offended by every damn thing and smile more.
What are your thoughts? Comment below and let’s get a discussion going!