The Desk

November 14, 2007

Raw Talent, Raw Material

Filed under: Education and Training — Yvonne LaRose @ 9:44 PM
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Back to our troubling topic — qualified talent and the lack of its abundance.

There are reasons for this abyssmal lack of people who can do even a marginally adequate job of performing their work. The reason is lack of training. And the lack of training comes from not just a remiss school system. It’s more than lack of parental supervision. And more comes into play than employers who take it for granted that certain ones are simply not qualified because of the color of their skin or their residency zip code.

Far too many are having it ingrained in them that they are not required to do anything that bespeaks responsibility. With comes the attitude that they deserve the privilege, whether it was earned or not. With the attitude comes the flair of expecting even a stranger to give things to them, that they may thoughtlessly drop trash when the contents of the wrapper are gone and someone else will come along and clean their litter.

This raw material that could be shaped in so many productive ways lingers and wastes away because of lack of training and lack of enforcement of standards. They walk about as though royalty who expect all to bow to their beck and call. But they simultaneously act out in boisterous ways, using profane language, not using critical thinking skills to do even the simpliest of problem solving. Instead, they wait for someone to do the thinking for them.

These individuals have not been taught to think, much less do critical thinking. It is not a wonder that the reasonings that come from these people is so flawed. And it is even less a wonder that the flawed conclusions lead them to consequences they just didn’t see that are not acceptable to anyone.

Black Tuesday’s crash of the stock market in the 1920s was one example of this total disregard for limits and boundaries. People spent money as if there were no piper at the end of the path. But the piper did exist and he did blow his pipe. As we keep moving down our path of economic woes in the mortgage industry, there is no doubt that the piper will lift his instrument to his lips once more.

The the days of The Depression of the 1930s was a time when people were ashamed of living on the doles of welfare and government stipends. They knew that these stipends were temporary assistance and not a way of life. The realized the sooner they were able to get their selves off of these rolls, the sooner they could resume their lives of esteem and respect. And what it took to get their selves off of the rolls was hard work. But not just hard work for the sake of doing something.

They took care to ascertain what it was they were supposed to be doing and how it was supposed to be done. They pulled out of someone the “why” of the job and its relation to the other factors surrounding it. They held their selves to a standard of production and perfection because those were representations of who they were and what they did.

Times change and so do attitudes. Today’s workforce is full of those who are upper class or lower class. Unfortunately, the middle class has been weeded out and essentially no longer exists. The two classes have something very much in common — lack of critical and creative thinking. They have another thing in common — expecting someone else to do their thinking for them.

Government support has given the lower class a perspective that they should wait for someone to do something for them. They do not have to lift a finger to get whatever they want. Therefore, you should not be surprised when someone from that class walks up to you, a complete stranger, and asks for $5. It’s what they expect from being able to receive charity from social welfare programs. It’s become a way of life, all that they’ve known, and therefore there is no shame in being on these roles and unlearning the thinking process.

Genteel practices of courtesy are forgotten. Swearing, profanity, and cursing are normal forms of speech. Whether there is a valid thought or not, there is an attitude that they are entitled to interrupt anyone’s speech at any time in order to interject some thought. Worse is the need to be seen at any cost. Thus, if they are allowed to become part of a discussion group, the contributions are pitiful. The volume of contributions is overwhelming.

But this is raw talent, raw material that, with proper training, could be developed into the super achiever, networker, worker, leader. It’s all a matter of training — getting their attention, expecting and demanding the best, and training to be the best.

Do these lost individuals have role models on which they can imprint themselves? Do they have leaders they can look to with reliance that they will see examples of how they should strive to manage their selves and mold their characters? To either question, the answer is “only a scant few.” Unfortunately, many of the role models are part of the big screen, small screen, and YouTube screen. What fuels those is what the money-sucking consumerism tides have determined is popular and will sell product. There is still little connection between value and earning position through education, commendable work, and devising successful strategies.

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  1. Thanks so much for getting excited. I hope it motivates you to become involved in some way to make one change for our social betterment.


    Comment by Yvonne LaRose — January 13, 2008 @ 6:22 PM | Reply

  2. Wish i had the talent to write such posts.


    Comment by navtej kohli — January 13, 2008 @ 3:59 PM | Reply

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