I still find myself thinking every now and then about what that mighty duck had to say, and I recently re-read one of his rants that seemed just as relevant now as it was when it was written almost 15 years ago:
Following Scott Adams’ lead:
Testing a better way to conduct job searches is fundamental. Conferencing about philosophies, and how to act like a business, is one level removed.
Talking to community members about interacting with people who have a disability is fundamental. Preaching to ourselves about how the rest of the community needs to better accommodate those who have a disability, is one level removed.
Taking action to improve a person’s life is fundamental. Creating action plans to improve a person’s life is one level removed.
Discussing contemporary events at a coffee shop with people we serve is fundamental. Discussing integration with other staff at a monthly support meeting is one level removed.
Talking with people we serve is fundamental. Talking about them is one level removed.
He did not suggest that we eliminate activities that are one level removed. He did suggest that attention should be focused on the fundamentals. Meetings that require consensus, policy and process improvement, and conferences that focus on sharing philosophies are no longer things I consider fundamental. On the other hand, talking to people who do not share the same knowledge base, or decreasing the period of time a person is unemployed are both fundamental.
The bottom line is spending less time discussing how and more time doing.Even today, I find myself taking to Skippy’s views like a duck takes to water. Thanks Skippy, for returning from the past and sharing your still pertinent ideas!
Thank you Scott Adams.
Remember, you can't learn to play second base by sitting on the bench!
Then again, what do I know about learning to play second base?