On my drive into the office last week I was listening to sports radio. The two announcers were critiquing the previous night’s baseball game in detail; they did not have one positive comment to offer. The local team had lost and looked pretty bad in doing so, but still, the dialogue seemed a little harsh.
You might counter with, ‘well, they are getting paid to play a game, we should be able to criticize; they are holding themselves out to the public, right?’
What if everyday you rolled into work there was somebody watching your every move? Every little miscue or non-productive effort was not only noticed, but re-capped, written about and publicly broadcast to the entire community?
You are getting paid too, right? You are being held accountable, right? What is the difference?
It might go something like this
Announcer 1: Did you see the condition Dorman was in when he showed up for work today; it looked like he had a little too much fun last night. He has continually been late for work and really needs to be put on the clock to improve. Was that pine needles in his hair? Didn’t he wear those same clothes yesterday?
Announcer 2: That seems to be a habit of his lately; I remember his rookie year and always being eager and the first to show up.
A1: How about the first 3 calls he made, it was obvious he was ill-prepared and maybe needs to get back to basics and practice on his technique some more. In addition to being ill-prepared, he is no longer willing to take chances and step out; the effort just doesn’t seem to be there.
A2: Practice? Maybe sending him back to the minors will wake him up and do some good. If he was as good on the phone as he was draining the coffee pot, the club might be able to break even with him.
A1: Did you see what time he went to lunch? He makes 3 calls and already taking a break, that would have never happened 10 years ago. He continually misses targets but if you suggest making more calls he will bite your damn head off.
A2: Speaking of lunch, it sure doesn’t look like he’s missed many. Maybe if he was making more calls instead of putting the ‘all you can eat‘ buffet out of business he could save some money for that wardrobe.
A1: For the kind of money they pay the guy, you would think he wouldn’t look like Salvation Army was his haberdasher. When do you think was the last time he shined his shoes?
A2: The guy is really slipping; how long is management going to keep him around? There has to be at least 10 guys on the street who can do twice as much for half the pay; what are they waiting on?
Wow, that light sure is bright….and hot….
Ok, that was a little tongue-in-cheek but you get the gist. What if your performance, or lack thereof was scrutinized to that degree? Do you think you could just put it out of your mind and perform to the best of your ability, or would the added pressure just magnify your weaknesses?
And you are not critiqued just once; this is every single day you show up to play (work). How hard is it to be ‘on’ every.single.day?
Yeah, that win was great last month, but what have you done for me lately, right?
No rest for the weary indeed……….
Is your team a winner?
Are your announcers proud being associated with you and your team? Will they be wearing your team colors around town?
If you get stuck in that non-performance rut and need something different, what will you do to shake it up? Work harder? Longer? Or, smarter?
How do you keep it fresh and exciting while maximizing your productivity?
I’ll close with this, if you watch an hour long TV show and deduct the commercials, how much actual TV show is there? If you were to encapsulate your day, how much time is actual production time versus everything else? How much more profitable could you be if you increased that productivity by only 10%? 20%?
Food for thought.