Michael Scott is a creative genius who will not be appreciated until long after he is gone. Any Office watchers out there? Thursday nights? NBC? I love it. I know, there are many of you out there who are a big fan of the BBC version and won’t give the US version a fair shake. I know who you are. Let me just go ahead and say, you are infinitely cooler than the rest of us. You listen to obscure pop music that no one has ever heard of outside of eclectic circles. You drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and wear John Deere hats because it is ironic to you. We know… you are cooler than the rest of us.
Back to my original statement though. Michael Scott is a creative soul trapped in a corporate environment. So what if he hit an employee with his car in the parking lot… so what if he “outed” one of his employees… so what if he likes to hold mock firings, bringing an employee to tears, and then says “gotcha”… Does any of that make him a bad manager? Yep. It does.
However… Michael understands that sometimes you need to go big or go home. The corporate office tells Michael that he needs to hold diversity training. To Michael, this does not mean file the cattle into the conference room, read from a corporate manual on what diversity means, and then have them sign a slip stating they received diversity training. No, to him, this is an opportunity to make a film… you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you just might come to the conclusion that Michael Scott is a creative genius.
Only Michael Scott could go to a BORING corporate picnic and see it as an opportunity to spoof Slumdog Millionaire. You didn’t think that was creative? OK, so he broke confidential news to the whole company that the Buffalo branch was closing and they would lose their jobs. Big deal. Did it ever occur to you at your last corporate retreat to put on a skit?
Although often misdirected, Michael looks at situations and doesn’t see it the same way you and I do. He sees it as an opportunity to reach greatness through creativity and expression. Has he ever reached greatness? No, probably not. It doesn’t mean he never will though. Who the hell ever reached greatness through following the rules and speaking when spoken to? Give me a historical figure… I’ll wait.
I’m still waiting…
I’ve got nothin’. My list is blank. How does yours look? Yours is blank too, huh? Whether Jesus of Nazareth – Carpenter, or Albert Einstein – Patent Clerk, the great leaders and innovators found their greatness by breaking the rules and finding opportunities in situations where others just sit quietly and do as they are told.
I went to a job fair today. I guess you could say curiosity got the best of me. The job fair was for positions with the IRS. A call center is opening up in Des Moines next spring and they are hiring 200 people to staff it. I spent the morning putting together the laundry list of things they wanted you to have, updated my resume, and printed everything off. Now I have applied for a lot of jobs lately, but this takes the cake. The posting was online, but you couldn’t apply online. “OK,” i thought. “I’ll print everything out and take it to the job fair. They will just take it and I’ll get to talk to someone about the job and my qualifications.” Nope. The guy hands me a pamphlet with the same info I found online and told me to submit my information online. When I told him there was no way to submit it online, he said “Yeah, you’re not the first person to tell me that today.” Seriously? This is your job fair? This tool is the representative you sent? It was a room with a few tables and men in suits handing out pamphlets with the website and job descriptions on it. All this I can get online. You have just wasted my time. One things for sure… Michael Scott wouldn’t have done it that way.