Your Work Versus You

Nov 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Items for Project Managers

I don’t think it is really necessary to add much to Seth’s post which I’ll reproduce below – but here I go. Sometimes we forget that all the schmoozing you think you need to do is just a waste of time. I’m not saying that you don’t need to be cordial and try to get along with those who control your fate. However, I am saying that if the command comes down from on high that staff needs to be reduced, the mere fact that you are friendly with your boss by itself probably won’t save you. Just ask yourself two questions, “Would my boss be any good if he or she really let their friendships decide who stays and who goes rather than look at the work that the person produces?” The second question is, “What criteria would I use if I were in their position?”

From Seth’s 11/17/2010 blog

It doesn’t really matter if we like you.
It matters if we like your work.
[Surprisingly, the converse of this rule also works].
Sometimes it seems as though people who are really concerned about one would be better off focusing on the other.

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