Lesson: People are much happier when you manage their expectations PROPERLY.
@vnewman2 Thanks for passing along your account of this principle, one I surly won't forget. : )
Some really good thoughts on over promising along this tread. I agree it will set an artificial bar which over time will lead to burn out. And let's face it - bosses don't really care if it is done earlier than planned, just as long as it get done by the deadline.
Thanks David for a really good look at some Office Hero Myths. I am looking within to see how these myths apply to me, it is very interesting to be guilty of many of the misconceptions. Two positve things (at least ) have come of this.
1. I have even more awareness of areas of personal improvement and ...
2. I know I am not alone.
Just stay right in the middle of the pack & try NOT to get noticed.
@ pcharles: Very well said. I believe this is the right way to stay for the time being at a place where performance doesn't matters a lot and promotions aren't expected or encouraged.