Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Changing of the guard

Different is good, or is it?  This Page of Cups is a different portrayal.

I have worked in sales for most of my life.  When I was much younger I waited tables taking orders.  Then I settled in to years of customer service behind a desk, taking care of business and sales with a phone, and now for twenty years in direct sales.  In sales you must always try to put the needs of the client first.  We are trained to mirror and match.  Become chameleons of sorts.  Who we are and what we think are hidden beneath the facade presented to the customers and clients.  Not so with the younger generations coming into the sales force.  The 'Millennials' are a different group to be reckoned with.  I try not to generalize people or group them together, working at recognizing the uniqueness of all; a good portion of this group of  'Generation Me' is something else.  Narcissism comes to mind since they have been raised to believe in their self importance.  While good on one hand, they are a 'strange brew' to try to work with.  If they work with people in the their own age group they kind of know who they are dealing with, the more mature population not so much.  Guess I have some security for awhile dealing with the 'old people' crowd.

The Sacred Sites Tarot


5 comments:

  1. I remember being amazed that the young man behind the counter at Dairy Queen had black fingernail polish on. Amazed that he got the job. I now wear weird nail colors myself, but that black, that day, all I could think was he never cleans under his nails.

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    1. Exactly. A lot of the younger agents go to show homes and meetings in shorts and other casual garb. I don't do suits (but) a pressed pair of slacks and blouse go a long way towards professionalism.

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  2. Sometimes it feels like they speak a different language. In Dutch we have certain words they always use which make me nauseous sometimes.

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    1. A different language and attitude indeed. In my life I would never talk to some people with the slang and disregard that some of the younger group do. I guess it doesn't bother others because most people don't even listen anymore, too involved in their own monologue.

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  3. Ah yes. I was trained that "the customer is always right." Make peace as best you can. The younger generation isn't buying that idea one bit.

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