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I Am Not The Solution To Your Performance Gaps

In 1993, Nike aired the (in)famous Charles Barkley “I Am Not A Role Model” commercial.


It sparked a debate. Could high-paid professional athletes choose to be role models? Or were they role models because of their high profile positions, whether they liked it or not?

I sometimes wonder what would happen if Nike chose to sponsor other areas of life and shined a spotlight on intractable problems that are often dismissed as too mundane and not cool enough to debate so publicly.  If Nike ever chose to make a commercial featuring a “bad boy” training professional, I imagine it might be scripted to look something like this:

I Am Not A Role Model (no background)

I am not the solution to performance gaps.

I am not paid to be the solution to performance gaps.

I am paid to create amazing learning experiences that show employees what is possible.

Managers should be the solution to performance gaps.

Just because I score 5 out of 5 on an evaluation doesn’t mean I will solve your employees’ problems.

In the absence of Nike turning this into a commercial and then a national debate, feel free to start your own debate in the comments section.  Do you think training professionals are the solution to performance gaps?

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