Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Go-Getters" I disagree with the premise!

First of all, @dormanmath (Brandon Dorman) I have no issue with your tweet or it's message.  It was not yours, it was something you found and sent on its way, as I and millions of others have done.  I even think on the surface it is 100% correct.  As a person, probably like you, that see's themselves as a go-getter, "Go-Getter is No Fun" as the title suggests, drew me in!  I agree with 100% of the article.
Linked Here  to article that you would need to read to understand the following blog.  It is not that long, take the time or you will miss my point.

Then I thought.....

Wait a minute... (self-control was used as a proxy for competence) This was about half way down and I realized right away this is NOT the same thing... This was a survey study, qualitative, not quantitative in the gathering of evidence, although the evidence then became quantitative once you apply a rubric.  I get that.

Here is my opinion and it is based on this further down statement:

In a survey of more than 400 employees, they found that high performers were not only aware that they were giving more at work—they rightly assumed that their managers and co-workers didn’t understand how hard it was for them, and thus felt unhappy about being given more tasks. 

I 100% disagree with the premise of this statement.  The "Go-Getter is No Fun".  That idea is a bunch of #%^!$%&^?, that is exactly what you want.  You want more responsibility.  You want the challenging.  You want the worst. The no one else wants.  You want the problem that can't be solved!  That is exactly what you want.  These surveys serve a purpose and they don't ask, questions like; Would you not want to be involved in the systems?  Do you not want to be involved in decisions?  Do you not want to be trusted to use your talents?  Do you not want to be trusted by supervisors actions that you are the best?

Surveys and studies like this only propagate this idea that there is not a separation between work efforts and then assigned responsibilities.  There is, it is there, it is notice, it is taken advantage of.  I admit it, I am unapologetic in it.  100% of supervisors assign the toughest and most difficult to their best.  This is not rocket science, it is simple, the issue is in recognizing and appreciating it, not as the article suggests, spreading it out.  You can only spread once you have built trust, otherwise the organization does not move forward.  You then spread and build this trust by giving others tasks, jobs, problems, questions, etc. to see how they do.  You want everyone to be a "Go-Getter", but not everyone is going to be that.  They just aren't, and that is okay.  If we had 100% "Go-Getters" we would have 100% bigger problems.  We need a balance.

It has to be or else we are communists/socialists and except the idea of living in the industrial revolution of the 1900's, that we are trying to fight.  We all have talents, we all have strengths.  It is not the leader's job to spread it out, it is the leader's job to find what is right for each person.  You may do more, she/he may do less, but their job... May not be something you can do yet... That is a leader's job to determine where to push, where to pull, and where to put too much on any person or group and trust they can pull it off.

This statement: “Part of the issue is that people with high self-control are probably less likely than others to complain; they’re just likelier to ‘suck it up’ and do the extra work. But our findings suggest that they probably feel frustrated by that, and less satisfied with their relationships with others who do ‘over-rely’ on them.” 

This statement I bet if asked in the survey a different way, they would not consider many things "suck it up", but more a responsibility to further the systems that they believe in.  This does come with consequences, and they are real, but those that are willing to have "self-control" - HAHA! as the study suggested or in my opinion - kick ass mentality! are assumably understanding this.  You kick ass, not to be recognize, although you want to be, and you should be, but because that is who you are!!!

If not just cash it in, do the mediocre, you will still get paid.

The premise of the article is great and it was written in the context of a private business, which operates totally different than a school.  I wish I could compensate based on competency and work.  I can't, I have the restrictions with contracts that I have no control over.  That being said, I want to do a better job of compensating with recognition, responsibilities, control, and overall empowerment.  I hope I can.  

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