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Last month Hollywood held its annual lovefest; you know, the Academy Awards
which recognizes the entertainers and technicians in the motion picture
industry. As a kid, I used to watch the Oscars and pulled for my favorite stars
to win, but as I've gotten older I have become more jaded about it and pay less
attention to the show. One reason for this is because I believe we have too many
awards dedicated to entertainers. In addition to the Oscars, we have the
People's Choice Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Golden Globes,
the Tony Awards, the SAG Awards, and I'm sure I'm overlooking at least a dozen
more. There are so many entertainment awards now that I believe they have lost
their luster. I now see them more as an integral part of the Hollywood publicity
machine than anything else. So many people win these prizes now that you would
be hard pressed to find anyone working in Hollywood who hasn't won or been
nominated for one thing or another.
There are also awards for athletic competition, such as in baseball,
football, soccer, basketball, hockey and the Olympics, but a lot of these could
be construed as entertainment related as well.
There are of course some other noteworthy awards, such as the Nobel Prizes,
the Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, and others for courage or some other
significant contribution, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Medal
of Honor, the Bronze Star, etc. Back in 1989, the Disney people started to
recognize teachers for their vital contribution. This was greatly appreciated by
teachers who often feel overlooked and neglected. But interestingly, it seems
the public puts more weight in the entertainment awards than these other more
People like recognition, some actually crave it as it strokes their ego, but
most just like to know their efforts are appreciated by others, be it in their
companies or in their industry. I can't say I'm a big fan of "Employee of the
Month" type of awards as I have seen this lead to petty jealousies and affect
teamwork in companies. I'm more inclined to favor industry specific awards, of
which we have far too few. For example, I think there ought to be a series of
awards for outstanding craftsmanship. Such industry recognition might encourage
others to emulate the recipients, which could lead to better workmanship.
Instead of the millionaire entertainers and athletes, to me the real heroes
are the people who pay their bills, obey the law, successfully raise their kids,
volunteer their time to help others, and do a good job at work. In other words,
how about honoring the poor slob who bears the burden, tries to lead an
honorable life, and performs a good job at work? As far as I'm concerned, the
Oscar is far too small an award for such a person.
Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.
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About the Author
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of
M. Bryce & Associates
(MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the field.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-03-16 21:51:40 in Employee Articles