Paul Epps reminded me of Don Carmen, the pitcher who, in 1990, uttered the famous words to a reporter:
“They don’t pay me to hit.”Â Â Carmen went on to reporter-fame heaven by posting his responses to reporters’ questions on his locker room door.
So, I thought about the similar responses here in the ‘normal’ workplace.
1.Â Really?Â No one told me.
2.Â 1970: I have to do some research at the Library. 1990: My kid has a soccer game. 2000:Â I have a doctor’s appointment.Â 2006:Â What’s it to you?
3.Â That’s not my job.
4.Â But MySpace helps me stay in touch with the culture.
5.Â You can’t monitor my emails.
6.Â We have to make a profit.
7.Â Let’s automate everything that has to do with the customer.Â It will make them happy.
8.Â I understand our customer.
9.Â Let’s be careful, only small, incremental changes.Â Anything else is too risky.
10. Just tell me what you want me to do and I will do it.