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Results aren't important?

Post by 918soccer on Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:08 pm

Since the forum has been dead lately, I thought I would throw in some food for thought.

Today, one of my salesmen tried to convince me that results weren't important and high expectations lead to low employee satisfaction. He said his previous employer set the bar lower and the employees were happier. His contention was that companies who pushed to be the best and employees who were given high expectations were less happy.  Of course he went on to tell me that his previous company went out of business, but I digress.

I knew this discussion was a somewhat arbitrary attempt to justify his sub-par performance over he last few years but I couldn't help but wonder if there was something in his upbringing that lead to his preference to underperform. Curious, and before letting him go, I dug a little deeper.

As it turns out, my hunch was right. Mr Underachiever, as I will call him, had participation trophy parents who convinced him that winning wasn't important and trying to play at the highest level was a recipe for unhappiness. As a young standout baseball player he was often recruited to play on higher level teams but his parents convinced him that players who push that hard aren't as happy. Those weren't his exact words, he described it more as being better than most of the players on top teams but not having to put up with the pressures of playing on their teams, but either way his explanation of sports paralleled his views on employment.

These two issues might be completely unrelated but i don't think so. I believe there are underestimated effects to the participation trophy philosophy, telling children that winning doesn't matter and suggesting that kids who play on top teams aren't happy. I completely understand that competitive sports aren't for everyone and every child should play at their own level, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about parents who intentionally hold their kids back and convince them they will be happier to play at lower levels, just like Mr Underachiever.

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Re: Results aren't important?

Post by Yellowcard on Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:01 pm

1.) Sounds like a millennial...
2.) He had lazy parents...
3.) That person has no business in sales...
4.) The best sales people are highly competitive and for that are usually highly compensated.
5.) The everyone gets a trophy mentality is what is wrong with our country... I genuinely don't like people that have that mindset. There are going to be winners and losers and that is perfectly ok! Being in a losing situation should be a teaching lesson to get better or change. So often we see people just giving up because it has become acceptable in society. Good luck to them. However, my kids will live in reality.
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