That’s not my job

Seth Godin, one of my favorite business/marketing bloggers, posted a “thank you” note today on his blog (here), to Gregg.  Gregg is an airport parking lot attendant, who just did his job, but did it willingly, and without care for financial reward.

That kind of “no problem, it’s my job” approach is an inspiration in a day when so many are finding excuses to say “that’s not my job”.

The question I ask you (and myself), is how many times do WE find ourselves saying “that’s not my job”.  Are you a missionary?  Are you spreading the word about the gospel?  What other popular “that’s not my job” excuses are there?

Here are some “Not my job” awards…


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10 replies
  1. KJ
    KJ says:

    Those pictures really made me laugh, but how sad it is that. I hope I thank people enough when I am pleased with their good job. I try really hard to do “abvoe and beyond” what my job is but being a member missionary is really hard for me. I do love this site though to motivate me!

  2. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    KJ, thanks for stopping by. I know, member missionary work is hard. But remember, it doesn’t all have to be done in the traditional sense. Online media has opened all kinds of doors for you to be a missionary. Click here to see how you can be a missionary simply by making sure Mormon blogs like this one are placed on social bookmarking sites so that when people search for Mormonism, they find wholesome sites, and not just garbage!

    Again, thanks.

  3. Steph
    Steph says:

    Thanks for making an excellent point Rusty. You are a great example of missionary work in a modern day setting. Plus, it’s an uplifting site for all of us, and we’re learning to be better Saints! It’s a Win-Win-Win project!!!

  4. NIMJD
    NIMJD says:

    Just found your blog, and I am glad to see that I am not the only one who believes our society is changing into a “Not My Job” or “NIMJD” attitude. My colleague and I came up with the term “NIMJD” (a.k.a NOT IN MY JOB DESCRIPTION). Our version of NIMJD is a verb given to any action performed by a specific individual who chooses to: – pass the buck every time (EVERYTIME!) – not live up to the “title” listed on their email sig or business card. – respond to your email request with “one liners” that not only do not answer the questions being asked, but also never make any sense… – forward your request to another person to answer, when they could have easily found the answer themselves within about 30 seconds
    – never ever respond to your request for assistance…

    Example: “I asked for help with my TPS reports, but she NIMJD me, and told me to submit a trouble ticket.”

    From Rusty:

    NIMJD – I like that, and loved the TPS reference, and boy can I associate with the one-liner emails. I’d add to that those who simply give commands, without bothering to explain the context behind them so that you know not only WHAT, but WHY, and by so knowing, can begin making decisions all your own. But they feel the WHY isn’t in their job description, only the WHAT. It’s not just in work, but school, and parenting, and basically any organization, or anywhere one person is given authority over another. Thanks for commenting!


  5. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Michelle, I can’t find more pictures, but I did find a little story:

    A Motivational Smile –
    That’s Not My Job
    By Author Unknown

    This is a story told about four people named, Somebody, Everybody, Anybody and Nobody.

    There was one important job to be done.

    Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about it because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

    It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


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