Creating a Hero

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This is a technique that is used at times to inspire the members of an organization.  Here’s how it’s done:

  • Find someone who is winning and successful at what they do
  • Put them on a pedestal
  • Let it be known to the other members of the organization that this person is doing all the small things that lead to success and going the extra mile
  • Remind the rest of the staff that if they do all the right things and go the extra mile, they too can be just as successful as the known hero

Advantages

  • Inspires people to work smarter and harder
  • Reminds people that if another man can I can
  • Overall production increases
  • Reiterates the point of the plan and that the training works if you follow it

Disadvantages

  • Misses the mark on people who have been around the block a few times or have grown cynical
  • Discourages people who improve daily but can’t produce anything comparable through exterior influences or a natural lack of talent
  • Creates distrust and distance if the people find out that those things that made that person a hero have been exaggerated. WARNING: People love to see a hero fall. Make sure you are always accurate and honest about the hero’s success and how he got there.
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5 thoughts on “Creating a Hero

  1. This reminded me of an office I worked in, in which staff that got annual promotions were announced/recognized. It must have bothered some of the other employees who didn’t get annual promotions, because at some point (a few years of this, I think it was), the office manager decided to no longer publicly (within the office) announce who got what promotion. I remember overhearing remarks like “how come that person gets a promotion every year?” and “how come the staff in that department always get promoted when no one in our department gets promoted?” I think the negativity wasn’t always directed toward the office manager or the employee who was recognized, but also at the dept. manager who always managed to push promotions through.

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