“Indexed” is one of my favorite blogs (it’s on my blogroll on the right as well). Jessica Hagy creates relations between seemingly unrelated things with a great sense of humor. She does not post about sports a lot, but last week she did. In her blog entry called “Blitzed“, she postulated that for both quarterbacks and cheerleaders, the more often they go down the worse their reputation is. While some comments questioned whether it would not be the opposite for cheerleaders, it reminded me to put up a post about cheerleaders in here.
You think there’s nothing linking cheerleaders to business at all? I feel that the opposite is true as way too often I have met cheerleaders in business. What a business cheerleader does? Like in sports, they cheer for the big guys, no matter what these do, and they try to do it in a nice looking way.
There are so many people that always try to find out their bosses opinion and then follow it in every discussion, just hoping that they can attract their bosses (yes, I know that at this point my cheerleader comparison is on rather thin ice…).
The issue is that like in cheerleading, which does not have a real impact on the game, it does not have any impact on a discussion. If two people always have the same opinion, one of them could do the job.
When will they start to realize that a cheerleader will never become the quarterback and that after a few years of looking nice they will quickly be replaced by younger or better looking ones, making them obsolete.
If you want to be in the game you have to cross the sideline. If you want to make an impact, don’t be afraid to offer your own opinion. You get hit from time to time, but you also have the opportunity to score some points yourself, not just to cheer when someone else does.