Re: pricey videos dilemma

sgilliam@guilford.edu
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 14:00:03 -0700 (PDT)

I have seen fliers for these videos of motivational talks given by current
big-name
demigods of recent management trends , entrepreneruism and bootstraps
boosting.

My impression of how these video's are used is that hapless, fearful
employees or midlevel managers are
forced to watch them, in the belief that they will be fired if they
don't get with the
program laid out by their bosses and at least pretend to follow the advice
of the video
Svengalis.

I would say there are several arguments against spending the money.

1. It's too much. (Such an outrageous expense needs special
justification. Ask your clients to put in writing their justification for
such a large expenditure. Money isn't cheap.)

2. It's too much. (In a few years, the current management gurus will be
eclipsed by new ones.)

3. It's too much. (Compare these prices to videos in other fields, often
less than $50. each. If you bought them,
you'd be depriving other departments of the videos they want.)

4. It's too much. (If they need it badly enough, why don't they buy it
themselves?)

5. It's too much. (Oops, I said that already!)

But, hey, you get what you pay for, right?

Good luck.