Fake it until …time is wasted.

The infamous “Fake it til you make it” mindset might be the reason our workforce doesn’t seem to be accountable anymore. Although everyone has had to exaggerate their skillset on occasion, this mindset has now gotten us into muddy waters on who can actually do the job rather than who says they can do the job.

“Fake it til you make it” mentality is actually costing more money by having to outsource, having to hire extra people and by wasting valuable time in the process. Instead of initially knowing the skills or employees gaining the skills to do a task or project, much of the task lists are being outsourced and/or more employees are having to be hired. This goes against the lean way of doing business. Accountability is free and is proven to ensure the job is being done. Or as I said in my last post, these “fakers” are passing the buck or throwing people under the bus which is wasting valuable time. All that time could be saved by actually knowing how to do the job or getting the correct training to get the job done.

It has been said that the “Fake it til you make it” thought process is a way to build confidence. OK, I’ll give you that. This ends at building confidence in yourself. You is kind, you is smart, you is important … but know how to do your job. In knowing how to do the job, people have taken this “fake it” process to a whole new level.

What about practice makes perfect? Working hard to get the experience hence gaining the confidence to succeed. I guess my point is this: don’t fake it, just do the work to build the confidence. You can’t build something out of nothing, and fake is nothing. Being real is better, being accountable is best.

Learn the skills. Find the right people to do the job. Hold them accountable for the job they are supposed to do. If you don’t know how to do it, admit it, and get some training. Don’t fake it. You’ll be better in the long run as will your integrity.

Belly of the bus

Who, in the corporate world, has seen the underbelly of the proverbial bus?

Everybody? Right. But why?

As companies get into more “lean” production, and have less people do the job, the more people seem to be prone to bus-chucking. Right around the corner from the bus are the unaccountables. So many times I have heard “millenials” are terrible workers, the phrase “that is not my job,” or “I don’t know who is supposed to do that?” And then there are noncommunicators. Things like “I didn’t know that was happening,” or “no one told me that.”

What about just doing the job? Seeing a project through to the end without throwing people under the bus, passing the buck or truly blowing smoke? Is that possible anymore in the corporate setting? I am not sure.

So many employees these days are either blowing smoke or passing the buck. Peeing on their territory because they are paranoid their cozy little spot on the corporate ladder may be pulled out from under them. Instead of actually doing a good job. Instead of thinking of the customer and what was best for them. People are scared to take chances, speak up, see new ideas, take a few risks in the name of better business. Yet, that is exactly what needs to be done.

This blog is a plea. Follow through, communicate, pay attention, listen, brainstorm, collaborate, team build, express the new idea, take risks. Let people work if they want to work. Even it means letting them work offsite. Stay away from the blame and toxicity. Stay away from the talk at the water cooler. The negative virus in a corporate setting can be like a disease and take down the most dedicated employees. Be real, work hard, stay true to who you are. And for christ sake, stop throwing people under the bus.