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The “Dumb Blonde” That Didn’t Get “No Respect” 


by Glenn Shepard
March 1, 2016
Category:  Management



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Dear Glenn,

I think it may be more of a challenge now then 10 years ago to find quality help. I am a small business owner, in my early 30's, and struggle finding good employees. It's hard to find the person who is not just there for the pay check. What is the key to finding people or training people to take pride in their job and that are not just there for the pay check?


Jacob Novicke in Bellville, TX

Dear Jacob,

You are a man wise beyond your years. YES, it is harder to find good people than it was 10 years ago, and it will get harder as 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day for the next 15 years. Your question was the basis for a #1 best-selling book I wrote in 2006; titled “How to Be the Employee Your Company Can’t Live Without”. A special 10 Year Anniversary edition, updated to address the drastic changes in the workforce since then, has just been released on DVD. See the P.S. in this week’s article to preview it.

Thanks for your question.

- Glenn in Nashville, TN

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Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a name for himself with the catchphrase “I don't get no respect”.

He passed away in 2004 and the next year, an unknown singer from Oklahoma won “American Idol”.

Her name was Carrie Underwood.

Although she went on to great success, some people in the country music industry resented her because she didn’t spend years in smoky honky-tonks like many country music stars do.

The critics were harsh, calling her everything from a dumb blond to “a lightweight that just got lucky”. She was once called the reincarnation of Rodney Dangerfield, because she didn't get the respect she deserved –
despite selling millions of records.

But that changed in 2013 at a concert in Corpus Christi, Texas.

While singing her hit song “Undo It”, her shoe got caught in her sweater and she took a nasty tumble on stage. Ironically, it was right as she was singing the line “You stole my happy, you made me cry”.

I suspect she did want to cry at that exact moment. But she continued on like nothing happened, and finished the song sitting on the stage tangled up in her sweater.

Afterwards, she posted the following on Twitter, along with a picture of her foot in a cast:

“Hey, remember that time in Corpus Christi when that girl busted her butt on stage? Hilarious! Oh wait, that was me. Good news, it's not broken ...AND I got some new footwear!” #5inchheels #klutz

Nobody called her a lightweight after that.

Carrie is incredibly talented, but talent alone isn’t enough to succeed.

She understands that being a professional means giving your best, even when you’re at your worst.

Whether you're a celebrity superstar or a ditch digger, you have to give your best, even when you're at your worst, if you want to succeed.

To Your Success,

P.S. This was excerpted from my new employee training course. Click here to learn how to preview the entire 5-DVD program for $1.

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