Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
We're here today, you see, to discuss sales.
We're only here to discuss it because I've accidentally bumped into a survey that both teases my mind and confirms my prejudices about people in general, never mind salespeople.
In its way, it's refreshingly uplifting.
It was performed on behalf of SalesLoft which is, apparently, "the leading sales engagement platform."
The purpose of the survey was to ask those involved in sales whether they favored more diversity.
Of course they leaped onto horses of 17 hands and declared their support.
91 percent said they'd like to see more women in sales. A similar 91 percent claimed they'd like to see more racial diversity.
A fulsome 88 percent were all for more generational diversity. (Surely none were in Silicon Valley.)
When it comes to more LGBT representation, these sales folks had more of a struggle. Still, around 70 percent were for it.
Wisely, however, the researchers asked somewhat more twistedly personal questions.
They wondered, for example, whether these sales types might admit to any personal prejudices.
Oddly, some did.
34 percent admitted they'd rather do business with heterosexuals.
Seriously. They admitted it. In 2018.
Then there were the 31 percent who confessed that they preferred to do business with Caucasians.
Well, what do you know? 31 percent were honest enough to say it out loud.
Finally, how about the 26 percent who admitted they preferred to do business with women.
Please, I don't hold out much hope for humanity in general.
We're painfully destructive sorts who mostly react too late to danger.
We're also tortured hypocrites, constantly claiming to be one thing and then merrily being quite another.
How many salespeople, do you think, were among the 91 percent who called for more racial diversity and confessed that they'd rather do business with Caucasians?
How many more didn't have the courage to admit their prejudices?
We still have a long way to go to in order to reach some sort of pleasing civilization.
But we have to keep trying, right? Just like salespeople desperate to make one more sale to make themselves happy.