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You Think You Have A Basket Of Gold...


Years ago I had an ...interesting employee. He was liked, was personable and supportive..at least that's what it seemed.


You see this employee was a type of individual that would talk the world! Make it seem like he was the nicest guy..always the center of attention..He had us all under a spell...except my mother..I'll come back to that in a minute


You See...I noticed, while he was personable..he had character flaws. He was late every day..He over promised and under delivered on projects..making not him look bad..but me and senior staff.


He would forget to do important things for our members but some would forgive him...because he was soo nice.. Eventually I was realizing that myself and other staff were doign his work ontop of ours and ..somehow..he got the credit and admiration...how did this happen?


My mother explained to me at the time..in her Portuguese wisdom...That there are peopel out there that will sell you on them and who they are..They have a basket of gold...as you look at it..you see its really a basket of...CRAP (had to use a nicer word than what was said)


You see its crap, but this person sells you on how valuable it is and how you need it!! You take it and have what you think is gold..but all you have at the end of the day ..is a basket of crap.


She then said you have 2 choices here...you can pretend you weren't fooled and treat that crap as gold and keep the game up..or admit it's crap and move on...I decided to fire him and move on..Life got sooo much better and my team became a machine with out this person there.


Soo many times peopel hold on to crap and try not to believe they are holding crap..because of pride. We don't want to admit we could have been fooled by someone we felt was on our side or a friend..but t happens. Once we let go and move on, we get better and we can actually learn from this experience and see it when it happens again


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