Rich Eaton posted a reply to an earlier post about the VP debates. I started to think about our expectations of the work and ethic of the people around us. The one thing I can is that I really think the ‘Average’ worker is Global at not only an issue within the American Borders.
When I speak with business partners throughout the world the recurring theme of just punching the clock resonates. Be the UK, Australia, Germany, US, or Canada average seems to be the Norm. What’s worse is that we become excited when our average workers in a instance does a little better, however to back into average mode.
The problem with ‘averages’ is that generally they effect the ability of the ‘Exceptional’ to quantify their skills and get ahead as it is difficult in my opinion to understand or even comprehend skill and value when in day to day you are surrounded by averages. I can also see that there is a good enough mentality.
When I looking for a first hire, I interviewed many junior developers. They all had the feeling of entitlement, that they were going to start off their career with a large salary and that somehow it was deserved at this point in their lives. Unfortunately I think this is somewhat attributed to the Google effect where the Google’s and Microsoft’s of the world pretty much eat up all of the first class graduates and those who are left over are not ready for real world consumption. My first hire was unfortunately a disappointment, a mismatch if you will between my passion of technology and solving problems coupled with an old world work ethic. He starting of his career in what I consider a very difficult learning path, neither had the drive to learn new things or to put in the effort required to become a valuable team member.
I guess is average enough, do you work with average people or have you gotten to the point where the desire and commitment to excel is gone. I like to work with ‘Excellent’ people, they bring up my game to a place were I am proud. I am going to do everything I can to fight any urge to fall in the average trend.