By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

We were trained to be “nice people.”

Follow directions.

Be a “team player.”

Follow directions.

Sit at your desk.

Shut up.

Do what we tell you to do.

Regurgitate information when we tell you to do it.

Or else . . .

The first threat is you won’t get good grades.

Without good grades, you won’t get into a good college.

Without good grades at a good college, you’ll get a job, but it won’t be a good job.

We get the job, and the message many people get is to continue to do what they tell you to do when they tell you to do it

A lifetime of following directions.

Nice lambs.

Sometimes, an organization needs someone who will break some furniture to change what is happening.

Sometimes, organizations need fire in the belly again instead of nice people.

The problem often is that the nice people are scared by the fiery people.

The fiery people rock the boat.

They see things the nice people don’t see.

Their passion scares them.

Most companies would never have hired Steve Jobs or Larry Ellison or any SOB visionaries who created enormous value.

Their willingness to break the furniture would have been more than they could handle.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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