Work

Viagra For The Soul

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May 3rd, 2012

As the saying goes, it’s hard to get good help these days. From the assistant who consistently botches the lunch order to the manager who says, “I’ll handle it,” but never does, I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of ineptitude. Are things getting worse or have I suddenly developed a sixth sense? I think my new mantra might be, “I see lame people.”

Another colleague has the annoying habit of responding to each email request with “ok.” Not “ok,” as in “done” or even “I’m on it. Consider it done.” Just “ok,” as in “I can read.” Following that, I’ve got about a 50/50 shot that the task will actually get completed.

These are not dumb or uncaring individuals I’m talking about. So to what can I attribute such wishy-washy workflow? Is there a cure for this dearth of direction, this flaccidity of focus? What I need at work is an arrow penetrating through the crap on the way to the bullseye. What I’ve got is a soft, amorphous blob that moves only when prodded. The cruel irony that each of the above examples happens to be male only underscores my point (and that is another post entirely).

There oughta be a pill for mental erectile dysfunction, a magic bullet that would give instant firmness to the limp personality. When lackluster performance escapes the bedroom and takes over the boardroom, it’s really gotten out of hand.

Perhaps I’ll put in a call to my pharmaceutical pals at Pfizer and see if they’ll get it up for my cure for workplace impotence. Or better yet, my new Viagra for the soul should be over-the-counter and served up liberally, like Altoids, in offices everywhere. I suggest prominent placement in the men’s room.

Stand up for competence in the workplace by being game, not lame. Do your job with purpose and direction and hopefully others will follow suit. Really, it’s not that hard.

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