Not long ago, a friend of mine attended a parent meeting for her child’s elementary school class. The teacher was an experienced educator, probably in her forties, and the room was full of parents who were eager to hear what she had to say. As the meeting unfolded however, it became clear that the teacher didn’t have a written agenda, and the presentation was a bit scattered. There was a growing sense of frustration in the room as parents asked specific questions about their children’s education, only to be met with vague or off-topic responses. One parent finally lost his composure when the teacher began to wrap up her comments by asking the crowd, “What else do I need to cover?” She followed by commenting, “I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. You’d think I’d have this down by now.” Parents left the meeting shaking their heads and wondering what impact this teacher might have on their children.
My own reaction to this story was a mixture of disbelief and exasperation. How could a professional run a meeting over and over again for twenty years without creating an agenda? At what point does one hear the same, predictable questions from attendees and NOT decide to create an FAQ document? Where’s the sense of responsibility to engage in quality improvement activities and create a better plan for the next time?
Rather than go off on a soapbox rant about the implications of this experience on the lives of hundreds of young students, let me share a more constructive thought that occurred to me when I reflected on the incident later.
Absolutely ALL the shock and outrage from that experience can be attributed to the fact that the teacher had run the same meeting many times before, and still failed to deliver quality results. As humans, we have much more compassion and tolerance for failure when a person tries something for the first or second time.
Here at Catch Your Big Break, we work with clients who are conducting their first job search as a new college graduate. Others are facing an unexpected layoff for the first time in their careers, and aren’t sure how to respond. Still others are at a major inflection point. They’ve achieved some success, moved up the management ranks, and realized that the strategies they’ve used to land previous jobs won’t work for them anymore.
Clients count on the fact that we’ve done this before, even if they haven’t. And they’re right. Earlier this year we launched our complete “Dream Job System” that shows clients step-by-step how to land the job they want. We based the system on peer-reviewed, scholarly research published in professional journals over the last decade. We based it on scientifically-proven strategies and techniques that have been tested and produced results. The system gets positive results for exactly the reasons I’ve explained. It’s been fine-tuned to produce a specific result.
When we install a piece of software on our computer, or an app on our phone, we expect it to perform as advertised, and it generally does. Software engineers have spent hundreds or even thousands of hours ensuring that’s the case.
When I go to my doctor or my personal trainer to get recommendations for improving my health, I trust that they’re working from systematic knowledge that can benefit me. Indeed, over the last year I’ve used my personal trainer’s system to gain muscle and look healthier, even when my own previous efforts to accomplish those goals had failed.
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Why would you not EXPECT the system you choose to deliver results, provided you “install” the system properly?
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