Our Corporate Life
October 19, 2010   •   Volume 1, Issue 21   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Think Like an Owner
Ask Amanda: My boss is a stickler for accuracy. My colleagues’ inaccuracies were caught and corrected by me, and now she's getting promoted! What did I do wrong?
♦  Practical Tips: Understand Your Audience
Think Like an Owner

You are hired based on your ability to fill a specific need in the business at a particular point in time. Needs and priorities shift, and with management changes occurring on an ongoing basis it behooves you to be proactive in identifying ways you can continue to add value to your company over your tenure—and making others appropriately aware of that value. It is clear that the days of defined career paths are over. You, and only you, are in charge of creating your career strategy and aligning your needs with the needs of the company.

Discipline yourself to take some time away from your work on a daily basis to ask, “How does this meet the bigger needs of the company?”   
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Thought to Ponder We give what we need.
Practical Tips: Understand Your Audience

You are always creating/reinforcing other people’s perceptions of yourself. Stay cognizant of how you’re coming across by following these tips:

Build Rapport
Learning to appreciate and understand other people helps you understand what really motivates them. Not only does this make work a much more enjoyable experience, but understanding their point of view will also make your interactions with others much more productive.
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 ask Amanda
Question: My boss is a stickler for accuracy. One of my colleagues is notorious for typos and other inaccuracies, which I've always caught and corrected. Now she's getting promoted because of her "outstanding" work product. What did I do wrong?  J.U., Nashville, TN Amanda Mitchell

You clearly value excellence, which is why you expanded the scope of your responsibility to include correcting your colleagues’ mistakes. By doing so, you disguised an issue in the business, enabled your colleague, and took on additional work. Based on how you stated your question, it seems as though you did this all on your own initiative.
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