12/10/2011

You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But it is Still a Pig

 

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♫ NICKETY NACKETY NOW NOW NOW- Chubby Parker – 1927

I was born in 1930, but I remember hearing Nickety Nackety Now Now Now, when I was very young.

The following is appropriate for the current campaign. We are conditioned by the media to think the way they want us to, and to forget. The following is a refresher:

In case you're unaware, in the 2008 American presidential campaign Obama commented that "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." Just look at the picture above. Yes, the pig may be wearing lipstick, but it's still a pig.

Many people thought Obama was talking about Sarah Palin when he made that comment, given the general belief at the time that although Palin was nice looking and dressed well, she was ill-suited and poorly qualified to be a vice presidential candidate. (Obama later clarified that he was actually talking about the Democrat's economic policy, and not Palin's credentials, but the seed of doubt had already been sown).

Regardless, the essence of the statement, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig" is this:

People often try to "pretty up" their qualifications or skills to do a job. In other words, they present a perception – via the "lipstick" – showing their skills in a very favorable light. However, underneath all the lipstick is the reality. And oftentimes the reality is far different from perception.

Why am I sharing this with you? One of the biggest challenges employers, managers or coaches face when looking for talent is figuring out how much "lipstick" the candidate is wearing. That is, determining how the candidates' stated skills match up with reality.

Sometimes there is a big void between what a candidate claims they can do and what they actually can do. And the problem is accentuated when an employer or manager takes on a candidate without doing the proper checks and balances, and finds out later on that they've been lumped with a pig.

The big fat, ugly, loudmouth, El Rushbo, came up with the idea that President Obama is a bit confused. In addition, President Obama may be suffering from “go on vacation” syndrome.

President Obama lit all the candles on the menorah. This is not a one shot deal. President Obama made a mistake: President Obama Makes Horrible Mistake Dishonoring Medal of Honor Recipients (Video)

(Photo credit: empics on flickr.com)

 

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