I’ve been working on this post for a long time, but, unfortunately, it still fits better into a ‘longform’ post rather than being split into smaller pieces. Please read on, but with patience.
Our human nature of Selective as well as Delayed Character Revelation impacts virtually all of our day-to-day circumstances.
Why do we pay so little attention to discovering real character? I suspect it is because at heart we truly want to believe what we see is what we think we will continue getting. It’s a form of Trust, but Verify but without the verification. (“Trust but verify” was used by President Ronald Regan during the Cold War in dealing with the Russians, who understood it implicitly since it came from a Russian proverb cautioning Russians on how to deal with themselves.)
Believing that what you see is what you will always get is at best short-term thinking, which only delays the discovery that you have to pay the piper later.
It’s like the ice hockey player who skates looking down at the puck, only to find himself lodged underneath the Zamboni under the bleachers rather than in front of the goal.
Or the American fascination with short-term financial results rather than long-term health, stability, and sustainability. We are far more surprised with what we eventually discover than we should be.
Having previously posted about the effect of failures of character at high levels in the corporate world (from the book Derailed, with application to the rest of us), one can ask, “How does this aspect of character play out in a new job, a new career with a new employer?” At least from my perspective, it is putting “Trust, but Verify” into practice.
For the good order, let me break this post into three sections: a New Employee in an entry-level position without supervisory responsibilities; a Management or Supervisory role (company longevity and performance in hand); and an Executive role (either with organization longevity or hired in from outside, both with proven performance).
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