CNBC - Funny Business
May 30, 2007
A San Francisco-based author/career counselor is using the fairytale
princesses in "Shrek the Third" to hawk a book called "
Make the Right Career Move."
Okay, it's a stretch, but the nuggets in the release are fun. Using the
princess theme, author Rachelle Canter commissioned a survey of office
workers on how many people work with "princesses."
Characteristics of a "Workplace Princess":
Do most of your sentences begin with "I want" or
"I need"? (Um, yes.)
Do you know the career goals of your friends and
co-workers or only your own? (Hmmm, give me a minute.)
When was the last time you listened for 30 minutes
to a good friend of colleague with a serious problem?
(Honey, I don't have 30 minutes to listen to my kids.)
When was the last time you called or visited a
colleague just to see how they are doing?
(Yes! Once, about a year ago.)
In job interviews do you focus on what you want --
a great opportunity, room for advancement,
lucrative compensation, a mentor -- rather than
on what you can contribute or offer an employer?
When things go wrong, do you blame the situation
on other people? (Ok, now you're starting to annoy me.)
Do you worry about other people or only yourself?
(Sure, I worry about other people. I worry they might
get in my way.)
48% of American workers say there is a "Workplace Princess"
48% of Workplace Princesses expect special favors from
47% of Workplace Princesses believe they are being treated
35% of Workplace Princesses make other people do work for
And my favorite...
16% of Workplace Princesses are men.
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