Yesterday I wrote about being difficult to work with. Today I will continue that strain.
I have had a number of executive leadership dalliances over the years. I've been in charge of big creative departments so I am pushed to have meetings with HR so we can be sure everyone is happy, attrition is low and smiles abound.
Once I had to go to a two-day course on something HR or training (as if I'm a seal or a trick dog) lectured me on not being concrete.
Not being stubborn.
Understanding different work styles.
Listen, understanding different work styles is HR code for accepting lassitude.
Not being stubborn is HR code for letting crappy ideas win and allowing substandard work.
Being egalitarian means putting people's feelings ahead of work.
All the virtues extolled in today's modern agency,
collaborative spirit, being a "bridge builder,"
being "open to creativity no matter where it comes from"
stems from the same spirit of everyone gets a trophy in Little League.
There's one criterion.
Is the work good?
Does the work suck?