“You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…and a princess…and a criminal…” – Brian Johnson, Andrew Clark, Allison Reynolds, Claire Standish, and John Bender.
If you’ve listened to our show at all, then you know that we exist in a world primarily made up of John Hughes movies, the soundtracks from those movies, and the quotes from those movies.
? And no, it’s not only because we’re all idiots trapped in days gone by…it’s also because there are some pretty powerful lessons that we’ve carried forward into our adult lives from those movies that shaped our childhoods.
Like The Breakfast Club…
1. Everybody has a part to play. And they are all important.
We’ve touched on this a few times in the past. Geeks write the software that sales guys go sell. Sales guys make the deals that keep the company afloat and employing people. Without project managers, clients would scope-creep things to death. Without analysts, there’s no telling would come out of the compilers. Without designers, websites would still look like they did in 1995. It doesn’t matter if you’re the newest developer on the team or the CIO…everyone has their role and purpose, and deserves some respect for the role they play. Perfectly illustrated by this exchange: “Do you know without trigonometry, there’d be no engineering?” said by Brian and countered with “Without lamps, there’d be no light.” by Bender
Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor, and so even when you’re dealing with someone who seems to be a power-crazed mid-level nobody in the grand scheme of things…well, it’s better to heed this warning: “Don’t mess with the bull. You’ll get the horns.” – Richard Vernon
It just is what it is – it’s like pedestrian crosswalks. Sure, if you’re walking out into one, you absolutely have the right of way over that oncoming van, but is it more important for you to be in the right…or in the intensive care unit for the next 6 to 12 weeks? Additionally, people with power going to their head hate to be challenged publicly. So if you have an issue with your boss, or a client…it’s best not to air that out during a public meeting. Nothing good can come of that. Take them out to lunch, ask for some 1:1 time, do what you need to do…but take the high road and take it offline.