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QUOTES FOR HR PLAYERS: "Lazy and Crazy Isn't Going to Work"

As always, a public service brought to you by the Capitalist is to identify terms, definitions and catch-phrases you can use to make your client groups love you.

Today's mantra to make you look like a bottom-line focused HR pro?   Lazy crazy

"Lazy and Crazy isn't going to work"

More on the origin from Yahoo Sports:

"It's got to be brutal being an NBA coach. You've got the most talented athletes in the world at your beck and call, and sometimes they just. Won't. Play. Ball.

Exhibit A: JaVale McGee. As skilled a big man as there is in the NBA, his highlight-to-frustration ratio is probably a solid 1:1. He's a Denver Nugget, which puts him in the purview of George Karl, and he's making the nightly sports roundups for both admirable and boneheaded reasons.

Leave it to Karl, then, to give the most concise line yet on McGee's difficulty. As the Denver Post notes, Karl summed up McGee's issues thusly:

"He's got to understand that lazy and crazy isn't going to make it work," Karl said. "We want solid and we want fundamental, and we want spectacular but only when it happens, not forcing the action where sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't."

Translation #1 in the corporate world:  You can have amazing potential.  You can have great talent.  At some point you have to produce results.  If you have great potential and are perceived to be lazy, the mothership starts becoming less patient with your "quirks".

Translation #2 in the corporate world: You can be crazy and be an amazing producer.  Just make sure you keep producing, because as soon as your production lags, that craziness starts looking a lot less tolerable.

"Lazy and Crazy isn't going work."  Be great or be hard working with a lack of baggage.  That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

h/t to Capitalist reader/correspondent K.P.




When George Karl was coaching the Sonics in Seattle, it was a pleasure to listen to his quotes. Smart guy, got a second chance, never cared too much for suits.


Love this quote! Am totally going to use it. I can think of a few clients this currently applies to. Thanks KD for keeping us relevant.

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I really like your quote because in the real life lazy and crazy both are useless.

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