As the administrator of this blog site, the past few years has been an interesting journey, to say the least. Our goal has been and always will be a search for the truth (Scully and Mulder where are you when we need you). Regardless, whether our bloggers agree or not. In a democracy, you as the reader, have the "free will" to determine whether what is posted has substance, or is merely hearsay. Unlike other platforms that vie for your readership, TSB never intended to be a blog that is a slavish follower, I believe the word would be lackey, of the status quo. We are not interested in reporting how many cases has Company X performed with Brand Y, we want to know whether the product is good and is it enhancing the patient's quality of life. We would like to believe that this is what makes our readers return to this site each day. When an individual continually fails and still gets hired for an integral position, we call them out on the carpet, regardless, whether they like it or not. TSB provides the venue, while you become the jury. Hopefully, the blog has been informative to many of you that have tenure in this industry, and sheds some much needed wisdom to those that are still "wet behind the ears." Youth brings out the bravado, while age brings out reason. The blog has provided many of you, including TSB, with a snapshot into how this industry has evolved during the last decade. What we have learned is, that the many good things that we do, are often overshadowed by our behavior. But then, TSB wouldn't expect otherwise considering that words like morality and ethics are not taught in business school (lip service at best), whereas greed and avarice are promulgated indicative of the behavior that is exhibited by many. Spine is just a microcosm of a much bigger happening. But like every great dynasty, eventually, there is a moral and ethical decay. History has taught us that. So what's the point of this Op-Ed piece?
Based on the many comments that have been elicited over the past week, due to the angst and anxiety over the announcement of J&J acquiring Synthes, one has to wonder whether some of your comments have anything to do with what was posted on the blog? Specifically, how does a post on SAS, Globus "when will they go public" Medical, and Centinel Spine digress into name calling about individuals that do not have anything to do with the topic? As TSB has always stated, "this is your blog." And, you as a blogger have every right to call anyone out on the carpet, TSB included. You have every right to voice your opinion, but when it does not pertain to a specific post, one has to wonder whether our readers are drinking grain alcohol rather than absinthe? Outside of your own intentions, do you believe that any of us really care? If anything it exposes your vulnerabilities. This behavior confirms that those that are divided are always manipulated by those that are united. How can you influence change or control your own destiny if you are fighting amongst yourselves? So for those of you that are tenured industry professionals, remember, we have only ourselves to blame for we have coddled and created a generation of sales reps that are part of the entitlement generation. Twenty years ago, we never heard of something called, "a cover rep." Companies actually spent time and money on educating sales people. You had to actually sell features and benefits to your peers before you were let off your leash. Long-term viability took precedence over short-term profitability. Unfortunately, the industry drank Wall Street's kook aid (I meant kook aid) a long time ago. No longer are we builders, we have become dealers, and we are proud of it. Some of you may take this as a verbal spanking by TSB, it's a dirty job and someone's got to do it. Now go out and sell something today!