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The Top 100 Movie Quotes for HR Pros: #95 is "Why Don't You Just Make the Minimum 37 Pieces of Flair?..."

New series at the Capitalist: The Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time for HR Pros.  In no special order, I break down the 100 movie quotes that resonate most for me as a career HR pro.  Some will be funny, some will be serious... Some will tug at your heart like when the Fox voice-over guy said, "Tonight - a very special episode of 90210"... You get the vibe... I'll do it countdown-style like they're ranked, but let's face it - they're ALL special..

"You know what, Stan?  If you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don't you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?"

--Joanna from Office Space

This quote is a Top 100 quote for HR pros for a simple reason.  It speaks to the difficulty of setting goals in the workplace and balancing making those goals obtainable and stretch at the same time.

Plus it's #$&*#$ funny.

Meets vs. Exceeds.  Got to be careful when you set the level of performance necessary to meet an objective.  Some will see the "meets" level and, especially in entry level jobs, decide that's the goal.  You won't get a lot of discretionary effort from these folks.

Coach them for higher performance? Good luck with that.  They think you're a stooge.

Of course, you (or your managers) could step back and wonder the following:  If I'm getting a pissy response in my quest for more performance, do I have the right goal?  Is it me?  Do I suck as a coach?

Deep thoughts by KD.  You're welcome.

If you're stuck as a coach, you could always try another money line from Office Space: "What about today?  Is today the worst day of your life?"

The answer is probably no.  Which means you've got nothing but upside from that point forward.


Dwane Lay

You know, the Nazis had pieces of flair...

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You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
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I was waiting for this quote to come up. We have a clean desk policy at work that I refer to as our "Five Pieces of Flair" policy.

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