Revenge is best served on a baseball field – What Motivates Us?

I’m going to ramble on many different things. Stick with it today. I’m going ‘free flow’ today.

Yeah, I was going to write about revenge and baseball. I mean, there is so much to write about – like when Gibson hit that HR in the 1988 World Series against those horrible steroid using Oakland A’s. Or when those Dodgers put Reggie Jackson and his cheating ass Yankees on their butts in the 1982 World Series. I’m getting all fired up… so I need to calm down and instead of a negative post on revenge, I will write a positive post on Motivation in the Workplace. Or, just a more broader subject: Motivation.

“What Motivates Us?”

Dan Pink’s book “Drive” is a book on what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

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One of my Financial Analysis jobs in my past 13 years of Financial Analysis work is the one I currently have – and one I left for 2 years to pursue or experience outside endeavors and other fields of Financial Analysis.  I worked this job for 4 years prior to leaving for 2 and coming back a month ago. And here’s one reason this job is one that keeps me motivated: Creativity.

6 years ago I walked into this job and was intimated by the scope of the position – I basically, in not so many words – created the position. There were no set rules or standards on how to put together a proforma or analysis – I was just given access to data and I started to create. I was asked to do specific tasks that were not done before as well as given tasks that were done before and then created efficient processes and procedures to do it better more accurately.

I created and set the standard of a job that others who had to come in to do it would need to replicate in order to provide the right services to the clients in the way that was informative, useful, and viable.

I’m going to brag a little here. For two years, they couldn’t fill the role the way they wanted to since I left. So – they called me back.

Am I the best one for the job? I’d like to think so. Can someone else do this job and do it better. Probably. But it would take four years to ‘get it’ and understand the ebbs and flows of the boss they work for.  I know the little intricacies and details of how my boss likes to see proformas and analysis. In fact, two weeks back into the job and I was given assignments and my ‘big’ boss, the CFO, didn’t have to explain how it should be done and said, “Just do the thing you do with it.”

I was able to ‘create’ and solve issues on my own. Again, this position is ‘mine’ and I doubt anyone can walk in and do it ‘like me’. They would do it like themselves, but so often, in the world of number crunching, there is no creativity. It is what it is. But in my case, I create reports and put it in a way that is my personality – its like art.

The past two jobs I held in the past two years were not like this: The managers wanted things done ‘their way’. One manager would like it plain and simple. Another wanted vibrancy and colors. Another just wanted it to look like a data sheet. And another didn’t care about ‘backing up’ the numbers and just wanted numbers – the worst boss to work for is that type of person who plugs in numbers because of what she thinks it should be instead of what it actually should be. Three months into that job and I gave my resignation.

We have choices in life – what motivates us to make those choices is based on how fulfilling it is to make that choice. Usually, fear gets in the way. Usually, being stuck in ‘your way’ gets in the way. It’s easier to do something one way and hate it, than do something a new way and discover yourself.

As a manager, allowing your employee to fulfill their role by giving them the opportunity to feel like they contributed to their job in a big way is key to an employee’s motivation.

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I know this blog post is a little distracted and unfocused, I’m just sitting in bed writing thoughts from my head.

Again – I’m being creative early on a Sunday morning and my thoughts are motivated by ‘revenge’.

So I’ll stop rambling and request that you watch the following Dan Pink video on motivation:

This video is motivating in itself. In a small way, this is how my job is now. And this is why I have discovered I like Monday’s so much more now than I do Fridays. There aren’t enough days in the week to enjoy what I’m doing right now. And that’s a big statement ’employee’ of any job can say about their job.

Discover yourself at the job – take ownership, and be accountable. Find what motivates you and like that drive you.

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Here’s a challenge: For those that hate their jobs, and their bosses, use revenge as a motivating factor to change your life. Get a new job in 2 weeks. If you have a boss that isn’t personable or doesn’t care, leave and better your job situation. Why are you at your job if you aren’t appreciated? Basically, use revenge to motivate you to challenge the life you may not like right now, and take ownership of it.

Side Note:

Straight from Mark & Brian Radio Show, here are 5 Signs You are a Bad Boss:

Experts say many bosses are similarly clueless about their appearance to employees. Here are five signals you may be one of them.

1. Most of your emails are one-word long

It may be efficient, but many bosses don’t realize how curt a one-word email—even a simple “yes” or “no”—can be, says Barbara Pachter, a management coach and author of several workplace etiquette books. She calls it the “BlackBerry effect.”

“Managers have a tendency to be abrupt, especially when they’re answering emails on the go,” Ms. Pachter says. “It comes off as an invitation for conflict. A simple addition of ‘thanks’ goes a long way.”

Some managers craft even shorter emails. When Christina Marcus emailed an idea for a project to a former boss, he responded “Y.” Thinking he was questioning her idea, she spent 20 minutes crafting a response. Turns out, the “Y” meant “yes,” not “why.” ” Ms. Marcus eventually left the firm.

2. You Rarely Talk to Your Employees Face-to-Face

Relying on email may be convenient, but bosses are increasingly using technology to avoid having tough discussions, says Robert Sutton, professor at Stanford University and author of “Good Boss, Bad Boss.”

“No one wants to do the dirty work, but it’s a boss’ lot in life to deal with difficult issues,” Mr. Sutton says. Face-time engenders trust with employees, adds Ms. Pachter.

3. Your employees are out sick–a lot.

Employees will fake sickness to avoid a bad boss, says Mr. Sutton. But there’s evidence that a bad boss may be bad for your health. A 2008 Swedish study that tracked more than 3,000 men over 10 years found that the men who said they were poorly managed at work were 20%-40% more likely to have a heart attack.

4. Your team’s working overtime, but still missing deadlines.

New bosses are particularly prone to giving unmanageable deadlines to staffers, says Gini Graham Scott, author of “A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses.”

A human resources executive at a New York firm who declined to be named because she’s currently looking for a new position, says that she began working 15-hour days after her new boss came on board. Her boss’ first order of business: Promising more aggressive deadlines to clients. “She would tell the client, ‘We can have this for you in three days,’ which was impossible,” says this woman.

5. You yell.

Even if you aren’t screaming angrily at your employees, speaking loudly can damage workplace morale, says Ms. Pachter, the management coach. “Employees will constantly feel like they’re being reprimanded, and they’ll avoid you if there’s ever a problem,” she says.

At one of Ms. Marcus’ former jobs every debate was a public forum, she says. “My bosses would shout freely across the office, even when they weren’t necessarily angry,” she says. “It charged the atmosphere and really killed productivity, especially when you were trying to figure out who you should be listening to.” (Source)

If you are a boss, heed the above. Make sure you aren’t one of the above. I can name several bosses I’ve had that are the above. Lets see: Terri A., Judy K., Carolyn C.

Now, lets go full circle and end on what I really started to talk about – Revenge on a baseball field.

Some parents in the little league organization we belong to were so selfish, based on their own personal interests, to prevent 5-7 boys from moving up into the higher division “Majors”. Why? Because they wanted to have a team, like a clique, of players to stay together (an All Star Team if you will). They wanted so bad to prevent 5-7 capable players to experience the Major Leagues based on THEIR OWN interests, not their kids or the leagues. One parent even withdrew as a board member because they didn’t get what they wanted.

Here’s the contradiction and everything wrong with what happened – just because YOU didn’t get what YOU wanted, that doesn’t mean YOU have to then ‘quit’. That’s like saying all the Republicans that vote and a Democrat takes office – that all the Republicans throw up their hands and quit and just stop believing in Government.

When you are part of a board of members to vote for the betterment of a little league organization, and ‘majority’ rules and feels it is better to do something one way instead of the way YOU think it should be done: after you make threats that you never would ever do: like take your team down the Minors or just QUIT the league, you need to really look at your WHOLE LIFE and wonder why you are in a position you are in RIGHT NOW. I’m sure a good look in the mirror will solve alot of issues.

Here’s a thing: Suck it up.

Revenge is best served on a baseball field.

4 of those 6 boys who SOME PARENTS wanted to prevent from experiencing the Major leagues won the very first game of the season. Their first win in the Majors. They got to enjoy the feeling. I talked to two boys last night and both said they didn’t think they were ready for the Majors and both said now – they are so happy they are in the majors.

Hey parents and coaches who tried to prevent this because of YOUR SELFISH wants and needs: how do you feel about that?

I’ll answer that for those parents and coaches because I know how they think.

They could care less and will come up with another excuse about why they still think their selfishness is the right way of thinking. There will always be an excuse. One parent is also building a bad reputation for ‘themselves’ around the league. Stop.

Don’t give me dilution of talent and crap like that. That’s YOU thinking that, not the kids.

Here’s the revenge: the team these 4 boys beat… was the ‘all star talented team’ that ‘those parents and coaches’ wanted to have. I guarantee: ‘those’ parents put alot of pressure on their kids to win tonight. Why? So they could prove a point instead of trying to just let their kids have fun and play baseball.

Revenge? Baseball? Yes, best served on a cold night at Scholl Canyon when Tommy’s beat TGI. Revenge? From my selfish perspective, was a big slap in the face to some of those parents and a coach on the other side.

Now, if we lost – hey, doesn’t matter because ‘we’ were supposed to lose.

The Dodgers and Kirk Gibson – they were supposed to lose against the Mighty A’s and the Bash Brothers. So if the Dodger’s lost – oh well – they were supposed to. But they won, and they were talk of the World. If there was ‘a shot’ in the night that the whole world heard – it was that game winning shot in Game of 1 of the 1988 world series.

They were motivated. Highly motivated. Because they were given a chance to do something that everyone thought they couldn’t do: win!

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