During a recent conversation with the amazing Buzz Rooney, she said to me; People who suck, don’t know they suck. I had an Oprah moment. Simple and true. Think about it for a moment, I know there are things that I’m good at and then there are other things that I am not good at, quite frankly I suck at them. For instance, I found some old items that I wrote years ago and I thought, “Wow that wasn’t good at all.” Ever buy some clothing and thought they were great but in retrospect…meh?
Well the same rules apply to performance. Most people that do not perform well, don’t realize it. After an interview the candidate can’t tell how they performed and most times the bad ones think that they nailed it. Many people can’t take constructive criticism, but if you can, it can really help you to become better at whatever it is you suck at. Believe it or not, you aren’t that great. You probably aren’t the smartest person that you know, or at least you shouldn’t be. Hang out and learn from other people it will help you to suck less.
So you have people that don’t know they suck and then there are people that think they are awesome but they’re really suck-a-holics.
This maybe offensive but it this needs to be said. In the Twitter-world, there are some individuals that have established themselves as industry leaders. They are really rolling right along! I respect them and their grind. I really do. But some of them seem disconnected. Maybe it’s the thousands of followers and never-ending praise that has made it harder to remain grounded, humble and helpful. Mmm, Could be plain ole arrogance.
You’ve heard the phrases, “Sipping your own Kool-Aid” and “Believing your own hype.” They’ve become preachers instead of teachers. The ego is in full control. I rebuke these preachers. Personally, I am turned off when I read something and the author says, “You should do this simply because I said so” or do that “because I’m great.” Crap-tastic!
Have they forgotten what it is to be a human resource professional?
Cults and cliques have no place in the human resource space, they do not allow for new thoughts and ideas. They don’t reflect much cultural diversity. Personally, I feel if you are truly great then you ought to reach back and help some of the other HR minds not stroking your own ego. Otherwise you’re missing the boat. I take a page from the great HR leaders and social media voices, and reach out make a connection. There are plenty of opportunities out here for everyone. The spotlight is big enough for everyone to dance in it, if that’s your sort of thing.
You may be wondering, “Who is he talking about? Is he talking about me?” well, if you have to wonder then I am talking about you. If you don’t know, now you know, you suck! Do better.
Chris Fields, MLHR, chief blogger at CostofWork.com. He's also a contributor on PerformanceICreate.com. Currently he's writing resumes and other HR consultancy projects. Contact him for help with your resumes or other projects Twitter @new_resource or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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