Observing Behavior of People and Other Animals
This morning I stopped in to read at another site. I do so with the intent of checking out what people I miss (and wish would join us here) have to say. I also must admit I look for posts from the staff.
I have often felt there has been a great divide among the values held by the ownership/staff and writers, as evidenced by how they: Handle business; deal with conflict; choose their associations; explain (away) their issues, rather than being accountable; "ignore-it-and-no-one-will-notice"; and communicate, in general.
I recognize that we must all learn from mistakes. But I also believe there must be a genuine willingness to do so.
I do not believe that is the case with this staff/"leadership." I have noticed clear indicators that there is an "us vs. them" mentality when it comes to certain staff members.
Some are blatantly snarky. Today, I have one more bit of evidence that clearly shows the lack of maturity shown by a self-proclaimed leader.
"oh boohoo. If you don't like my post, well then don't read my post." [sic]
I would not have been shocked had there been a "neener, neener" tag at the end. This type of response is sophomoric, at best.
Translation: "If you do not like me then don't read me. But if you don't agree with me and write something to the contrary, then I will just delete you and not play with you any more." (I did not see the original comment, so I cannot speak to it.)
"When you call upon a Thoroughbred, he gives you all the speed, strength of heart and sinew in him. When you call on a jackass, he kicks." ~ Patricia Neal
My experience with observing this kind of behavior: If I did not know any better, this would be what we find in middle school, among the 12-year-old girls.
With this coming from a male Millennial, I have to admit that I was surprised. It should not, however, surprise me. I have seen this type of behavior/response from this same person several times over the last six months, even directed at me.
There was further evidence of the lack of maturity and business acumen with comments by this particular person, claiming to have been around other sites (skulking), which he suggested were not as impressive as the new-and-exciting changes.
Those who may have degrees in Business or in Marketing, do they still teach that if your company's product is as good as you say it is, then there is no need to compare yourself to others using the "our-product-is-better-than-yours" strategy? It really is not necessary, in my experience.
Is it important to know what your competition offers? Of course. But is it ever a good idea to tear another product down to make yourselves look good?
It also saddens me, as I recognize this same mentality from many others I encounter in the workshops I facilitate. It makes me wonder if these will be the leaders that "will take over this world." If so, hold on to your pants, and prepare to take it in the shorts.
I can only trust that those who are truly leaders will step up to the plate, as they have done for centuries. They will be the ones to make things better. They will be willing to jump in the muck and mire, make mistakes, and take ownership for the creation of the mess. They will also have the experience of cleaning up after the jackasses who made the mess and then bailed out.
They will also be the ones who may have a chance to knock some sense into the snot-nosed, self-important dolts with fancy titles doled out by others who are equally as foolish to think that degrees and titles make the man or woman.
I hope I am around to witness some of it.
© 2015 Coral Levang
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