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Here are some business claims that sound good in theory, but don’t work in practice:
1. If you can’t do coffee runs properly, how could you even handle a million dollar deal?
I would love to see a study showing a correlation between coffee runs and success in business deals. Does someone who gets coffee orders correct mean he’s going to excel in business deals? Handling deals require much more than being able to listen fast and accurately. Your superiors are asking you to do coffee runs and justifying it as a stepping stone towards your job training, but guess what, this is just the perfect excuse to set you (the new intern / employee) up for doing errands. Instead, they should require you to do job-related tasks.
2. Personal and business matters do not mix.
We try not to mix them, but we can’t help it. If you don’t like someone in the workplace, guess what, you’re probably not going to like them outside of the workplace too. Consciously, we can try to convince ourselves that personal and business are two different matters, but in the end, you can’t control how you feel towards that person because it’s ingrained in your subconsciousness. For example, you may be intimidated by your boss at the workplace; you will also be intimidated outside of the workplace. There is no switch that allows you to have a different set of feelings depending on the environment.
Employers think team bonding outside of the workplace is good. This is true only if the people in the team are actually friends with each other. What ends up happening in team bonding events is that we reenact our relationships towards one another in the office but in a much more socially acceptable and casual manner.
What to make of all this? a) if your team sees each other as colleagues rather than friends, skip the team bonding. Friends get together with each other because they want to, team bonding forces colleagues to get together so they won’t get fired. b) To create a genuine friendly team, it needs to establish equal level and genuine friendship amongst colleagues both in the workplace and outside of it.
3. A business’s ultimate goal is to maximize profit.
A company is like a human being; we are born, we grow up, we plateau, we weaken, and we die. A company is like a human being – a human needs enough money in order to pay for resources to survive; a company needs enough money to stay in the business – it does not have to become #1 in profits. Some people want to live a simple life, and they live with modest means, just like how some companies want to only serve their local community. How people handle the excess cash varies, just like companies. Some companies want to do good for their society and may create product A for the benefit of everyone rather than product B, which may be much more profitable but at the expense of the environment. So yeah, a company isn’t looking for profits to win, it’s looking for profits to survive, and THEN the excess profits can be spent on whatever the management has decided.
What other business claims sound good but ultimately don’t work in practice? Comment below.