Archive for November, 2008
I read this quote in Quiet Strength – The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy last night.
“Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.” – Chuck Noll
Are you doing the ordinary things better than anyone else? Why or Why Not?
I started checking out a company web-blog about a month ago that offers “professional” consulting services and who has really great tips on marketing, copywriting, and SEO techniques for small businesses. The thing is that I really started to get turned off by the frequent dropping of the ”F-Bomb” and other colorful words that would make some people blush. What really stunned me is when I discovered this is a stay at home mom.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the poster boy for a clean mouth (when I slipped up as a kid my grandmother washed out my mouth with soap -how about you?) but considering where I used to be and where I am today, it is a night and day difference. It doesn’t offend me if other people talk that way unless every other word has to do with four letters and then it doesn’t totally offend me as much as it bothers me. To me, it shows a lack of intelligence and disrespect for others. What I can’t understand is if most people know that this kind of talk is viewed as offensive, why in the world would you salt your business website with it?
Maybe I am old-school but I would never consider using this type of language on any material that hopes to win me business and wouldn’t even think about hiring someone who can’t control their language in front of my clients either. Here’s an example. My family and I went to a car dealership looking for a new car last year. We stopped at one of the reputable dealers in town but the salesman who came out to help us started cussing in front of my children! He totally showed disrespect to all of us. Needless to say we walked off and they lost a potential sale or any future business (we have also told many people about this experience).
I believe it’s time for some businesses to use common sense; to return to old values that were once sacred. Society needs a gut check and that there needs to be another look at whether professionalism and obscenity mesh together. I don’t feel that they do.