Why the Best Make the Worst?
It surprises me sometimes to have experienced the following:
· A notable trainer giving training on time management. The trainees distracted him to the extent that he discussed many business issues, but not time management.
· A famous professor lecturing on change management for an organization. Two years later he gave the same training to the same company using exactly same slides. As if nothing changed in the world in two years.
· A trainer giving training on marketing to a big company. All his examples focused on sales.
· A university professor teaching statistics to second year students. All his students dropped the course. Upon his replacement with a teacher with less qualification he got the same students engaged.
· Norwich City Football Club got promoted to the Premier League with a coach who wasn't he football player.
Why the best fail to produce the best? In fact, they could produce the worst. This paradox that the best oozes the worst kept my mind busy over the weekend.
Ali Anani, PhD
One reason that occurred to me is that may be the senses of the qualified people may be intoxicated by focusing on the technical staff and leaving out the spiritual part, the purpose part and the communication part. I still recall the great discussions I exchanged with Sara Jacobovici, Fatima G. Williams and then Franci Eugenia Hoffman on the importance of the triad factor WPD (Wonderment, Passion, Drive). These discussions resulted in the establishment of the WPD Hive. Which of these elements did the professors lack to fail miserably and making their worse?
Phil Johnson, MBL wrote recently a lively buzz on beBee in which he wrote "Employees start giving away their power as they walk through their company’s front door. In our rapidly expanding global economy emotional labor is now worth far more than the intellectual labor pursuits of the industrial and information ages". Is part of the problem of the best producing their worst because of the lack of passion and drive leading others to lose same qualities?
Harvey Lloyd made a fitting comment on my last buzz "A hive of ideas". Harvey wrote in his comment "You were there, I saw you @Ali Anani, you were at the brink of the fundamental aspects of our society propelling it forward. The rules from your previous posts and comments are the foundation of spreading our seeds. More importantly the rules help us explore new places of planting. Your word "rules", i believe you thought there might be three, can be interchanged with perception, goals or success.
What we do should be guided by "why" we are doing it in the first place. The rules of social existence establish the "why". All of this to say that each of us require a meaning that we can hang on to and master. In our current phase we are looking for unique meaning in which to expand our thoughts and social interactions".
Do we fail when we lack unique meaning for what we do? I believe this issue is pressing because we might all fail in the trap of becoming better only to produce worse? This is a paradox that warrants our attention.
I invite you to share your thoughts.
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