December 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm #118477
Someone told me recently – when starting off in a new venture, don’t worry about who you think you need to meet, what social ladders to climb, worrying about what everyone else is doing, or what impression you need to make. Instead, work hard every single day at delivering the best product you can, and people will start coming to you, you’ll naturally rise, and people will be worrying about what you are doing and trying to keep up with you.
The other way around is backwards and even if you make is seemingly far, the smoke in mirrors will quickly dissipate.
December 22, 2010 at 12:33 am #118495
I agree Lauren. I believe you need to think BIG! Beyond just doing what you are doing – believe in the impossible and go after it!
December 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm #118493
Focus on working/recruiting/developing great people
December 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm #118491
Joseph L. SmithParticipant
“Stop obsessing about your hair.” (This was from my mother.)
December 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm #118489
My new boss was discussing the unfair distribution of work in our office and how a “team” project was not being worked as a “team”, when I stated that I had no problem taking over managment of the project in the long-term. He looked at me and said, “That’s not really a fair distribution of work, but I like to allow people the chance to excell if other’s fail to fulfull their job duties, which will also be noted.”
I took that advice as my opportunity to “step up” if I was will and excell every chance I could; I don’t need to be told twice!
December 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm #118487
Hi Lauren, great post. I was told years ago by one of my mentors about the principle of initial success – it’s important when starting a new job to have a ‘quick win’ in the minds and hearts of your new collegues because that will set their perceptive lens of you. Hopefully one will come naturally to you and you don’t have to try for it, which was the key message I got from your post. For me at the time it was just to tidy up the office with the team – it was out-dated, they’d been there a while and not really noticed (or been given ‘permission’ to change it) and I was from a cleaner newer environment so it bothered me. We got in some plants, rearrange some furniture, pulled down the old notices and got the windows cleaned. They loved it, and so did I.
The best advice I received this year was to get focused! Multi-tasking is scientifically proven to be inefficient. Focus on one thing, or one person, or one meeting, or one goal at a time. Try not to touch a piece of work more than one – if it needs signing then read it sign it post it. If it needs a decision then get all the right people in the room, get the decision, document it straight away and distribute it straight away. You need to plan your diary to allow for this (leave blocks of time after meetings for documenting/tidying up, book time for paperwork every day or so) but it’s worked a treat for me.
December 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm #118485
Stop annoying marketing types by pointing out that their web pages are poorly technically designed, will not rate well in Google and may be so hard to read as to be illegal (under anti-discrimination laws). Instead help those who are willing to listen and hope that in time they will displace the others.
December 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm #118483
February 8, 2011 at 1:31 am #118481
For me – I appreciated Vern Edward’s blog entry on the “ideal [government] contract specialist”. The blog entry is viewable at http://www.wifcon.com/discussion/index.php?autocom=blog&blogid=….
Vern describes what a contract specialist should be doing better than any position description written by an HR office. He explains all the attributes that a contract specialist needs such as a deep knowledge of contracting, strong analytical skills, listening skills, writing and speaking abilities, discretion, integrity, and independence.
February 8, 2011 at 2:19 am #118479
Disclaimer: So, I just realized that the topic was…best advice received THIS YEAR….and this story is clearly not from last year – but it’s good advice anywhere I swear!
Don’t Panic – Everything will be fine
In college, I was student body president and there were times early in my term in which I would be hyped up about this emergency or that crisis or what-the-hell-am-I-gonna-do-about-this situation.
SGA’s advisor was the Dean of Students. He was in a constant state of chill – almost Zen like. He would say, “everything will be fine…”
At first it annoyed me… I was turning a ship around so to speak and the challenges made me pull my hair at times.
After a few of these sit downs, I finally learned the lessons of staying chill, and by the end of it I was the same way. People wonder how I can stay so calm and centered in an office that sees 500 people a day and has all kinds of different things thrown at us. I end up telling people, “Don’t worry – everything will be fine.” I know it’s the Dean talking.
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