Are you in such a big hurry that you can’t take time to follow directions? Do you groan when someone makes a request of your company and doesn’t follow the directions you so painstakingly provided?
It seems to be a virus that’s caught on lately. People in such a hurry they skip following directions and think they’ll be treated differently. I know that people make mistakes. But those who want to be “the exception” or ask for special handling because “they’re different” have become the norm.
A perfect example of this type of situation is demonstrated daily at the Small Business Blog Directory. The stated purpose for the directory is to:
Serve small business. It includes blogs that are written by small business for small business. Its purpose is for small business owners to find what they need without having to search all over the place and dig through oodles of categories to get to just the right nugget of information. What kind of blogs belong in this directory? Any blog that provides tips, tactics, strategies, or ideas to help small business owners and entrepreneurs, and solo professionals. Topics can be marketing ideas, customer service, operations and management, leadership — any category that we have listed in the directory.
And on the submissions page, the instructions clearly state:
Note that our directory includes only business blogs that provide helpful tips and tools for small business owners.
We do not accept personal blogs, websites, books, or non business focused sites — don’t waste your time adding them.
You’d be shocked to see some of the submissions we receive. About half of all submissions are clearly outside the scope of the directory and in direct conflict with the guidelines.
Am I expecting too much? Leave me a comment.