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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..

"Smokey This is Not 'Nam, This Is Bowling. There are Rules"

--Walter Sobchak in "The Big Lewbowski 

 People. They're hard to deal with sometimes. You know what causes the biggest disagreements and lack of respect for others in the workplace?

Rules orientation. High rules people hate those who make their own realities and ignore the tribal customs.  Low rules people snicker at high rules people as being bean counters who add little true value.

Which one are you?  I'm low rules.  I'm Smokey in the video below. (put it down, dude)  I've known people like Walter who would gladly draw a gun on me (if socially acceptable) as I ignored a policy for the 13th time.

What saved me?  How about that workplace violence policy?  That's the tricky part for high rules people - if they want to put me in my place, there's usually a rule against that.

Sucks to be them. Find a good behavioral assessment, and I can make a case that the biggest thing you can learn about your team is where they fall in Rules Orientation.

The Dude? He's somewhere mid-range in rules.  Understanding the need, but wondering if taking a stand on Smokey's toe on the bowling foul line is really a good use of our time.

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Matt Landrum

Trivia for you Alt-Country music lovers, Smokey was played by Jimmie Dale Gilmore of The Flatlanders fame.

This aggression will not stand, man!


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