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How To Be An Office Hero: 3 Myths, Busted
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pcharles09
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7/31/2014 | 7:29:50 PM
Re: Some goals are tricky
@Bhori,

Very true. It's like the Army: you don't want to be the head of the troops or the least. Just stay right in the middle of the pack & try NOT to get noticed. I don't think that's a good way to operate but if one doesn't have complaints, then do that well.
Bhori
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7/31/2014 | 7:05:57 PM
Re: Some goals are tricky

In some organizations with too high of a hierarchy, even those simple acknowledgements can go unknown.

@ pcharles: I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately this is the case in many organizations where HR system is either ineffective or purposefully flawed. Line or department head sitting over you, doesn't let your accomplishments or performance recognized, just to keep his position secure. In those environment it isn't wise to spend your time and efforts in over performing but rather finding a better alternative for yourself.

Bhori
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Bhori,
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7/31/2014 | 6:54:01 PM
Re: Inexpensive perk

it's far more constructive to hear something in the moment than six or 12 months after it happened.


@ Susan: Completely agree. I think Intra company social network can do this job well, but it will only fulfil the purpose if it builds up into annual performance score and used as replacement of annual appraisal.

David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 4:25:18 PM
Re: Likeability factor
@impactnow- Right. People do have a tendency to get "too busy." I think we need to keep talking about the value of it until people really see that not doing it is worse for them than finding the time.
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impactnow,
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7/31/2014 | 3:08:02 PM
Re: Likeability factor
Dave agreed on both accounts. Having people around you that are truly looking after your professional success is hard to find but invaluable once you get them. The issue is everyone is so busy with their own careers they rarely have time to mentor the bench. It's critical mistake for the long term success of any organization.
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 12:13:59 PM
Re: No more Mr. Scott
@Joe- I think that's an interesting point about overpromising. I think stretching yourself is a good thing. But serious questions:

1) Is it still overpromising if you deliver? 

2) It might be overpromising to you because it is a stretch, but will anyone else see that?

pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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7/31/2014 | 9:26:56 AM
Re: Some goals are tricky
@David,

Great point. I was just hoping that it gets noticed. In some organizations with too high of a hierarchy, even those simple acknowledgements can go unknown.
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7/31/2014 | 8:14:50 AM
Re: No more Mr. Scott
@David, It sounds like we are on the same page, I just see many who are not.  Maybe not on this thread but in real life I see a lot of IT pros who seem to just throw numbers out to see what sticks.  I try to deliver quickly based on what my department can handle but not so quickly that we're going to have to cut corners.   That's a balancing act that the industry as a whole needs to spend some time addressing.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/30/2014 | 11:21:15 PM
Re: No more Mr. Scott
The other strategy, which I've used often to success -- overpromise, but then deliver fully on that overpromise.

Coming from a working-class Italian background, the work ethic I grew up with was always: "Yes, I can do that."  And then busting your butt to figure out how to do it, and doing it -- even if you have no idea what you're doing it at first.

Granted, this isn't ALWAYS the best strategy (it all comes down to ROI, after all -- no use in going above and beyond for something that's not going to be worth it), but if you really push yourself, you can do amazing things -- and impress others and yourself at the same time.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/30/2014 | 11:16:59 PM
Re: Better
@tzubair: I wasn't very clear, I think (or I'm misunderstanding you).  Apologies.  My point is that by purposely piecemealing things, you're building a stronger relationship with your client/coworker/boss/whomever.
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