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#937: Helpless employees come from parents who equate loving with doing

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Helpless-employeeDo you wonder where your ‘helpless’ employees come from? You know the ones — those who always wait for instructions, who never show initiative, who never volunteer, who never offer ideas, who never take responsibility.

Blame their parents. Specifically, blame their mother.

If you think I have a problem with mothers, then be disabused of that thought. I have loved more than one mother. I don’t even have a problem with mothers who love too much. But I do have an issue with mothers who equate loving with doing.

Take my wife. My wife does not know how to drive a vacuum cleaner because her mother regularly vacuum her apartment. You call that love? I don’t.

So, if you are over-helping with homework, picking up toys and clothes, doing things that Little Offspring should be doing, then know you are creating the next helpless employee.

We in management thank you very much.


Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
© 2016 James Henry McIntosh – nonsenseatwork.com

#765: Earn your daily brat

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MothersBratMy mother warned me that women judge a man on how he treats his mother. She wanted me to be a gentleman. I once read, I think, that the true test of a gentleman is how he behaves when nobody is watching.

When I remembered this on a recent Mother’s Day, I wondered, how do you treat your mother when retailers are not watching?

To me, Mother’s Day has become like much of organized religion. It reminds me of the church-going adults I avoided as a kid – one day of religion bought them six days of behaving badly. Today, one insincere Mother’s Day card attached to wilted flowers earns you three hundred and sixty four days of being a brat.

Even Anna Jarvis came to dislike Mother’s Day. Who? Find her on the internet and be informed.

Next up on the be-nice calendar is Father’s day. Trust me; I’m watching you, every day.


Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
© 2016 James Henry McIntosh – nonsenseatwork.com

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