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From mission statement to unemployment

October 19, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

A few months ago a national magazine published a scathing opinion on Gen-Y workers and their inability to be anything but narcissistic. The article, really just a long rant with no solid basis of proof, left me frustrated, upset and ready to throw down if ever in the vicinity of the apparently more-than-holy author. Though one part stuck out, it was a short story about a new employee speaking with the CEO of a major Fortune 500 company.

The employee spoke to the CEO about how he was a great asset to the company, and how he was planning on moving up one day to the level of a C-level executive. The CEO, apparently not the least bit impressed asked the employee how long he had been working for the company. The employee mentioned a few months, but emphasized that he had learned quite a bit and was well ahead of the curve.

The CEO trying not to lose his cool demeanor asked the employee what the companies mission statement was. The employee remained silent. “That is why you will never be above where you are now,” the CEO calmly said. And then he walked out of the room.

It’s a striking example of what new employees tend to miss when starting work for a new company and one I hope to avoid though my memory is usually reserved for sports statistics, trail maps and movie reviews.

Categories: Advice, Gen-Y, Internship
  1. Susan
    October 19, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about writing my own mission statement but I’m concerned that I might get it mixed up with my epitaph.

    Call you brother at 462 7700 rm 2514.


  2. Jojo
    October 22, 2007 at 12:26 am

    I’m a Gen X er and believe me, I feel the CEO. Gen Y/ Millennials needs to be body slammed into reality. Hard Work and paying your dues gets you far. They are the most annoying interns and workers around. They believe they are owed something due to their parents over idealistic parents coddling them. They are all wussys and do not know how to handle adversity. I hate them all, except the Gen Y/ in the late 1970’s; they have a work ethic and alot more down to earth.

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