Things have been quiet on the newsletter and site fronts since February. The reason for the lull is
because I've been in the trenches getting a real-life look at the situations you're experiencing and
gaining a sense of what you care about in your career endeavors. There is a lot going on that's being
driven by a myriad of dynamics. We'll talk about them as we move forward.
Yes, we're shocked again with an event of global proportions. What could have been the cause of the
Challenger's destruction was investigated. An official answer reached the public in due course.
But as the morning of February 1 peeled its way into midday, evening and crept into the next,
reportage mounted of so many little things that were not right. They appeared to have little
significance and the effects subsided innocuously. Because the little incidents ended with no
apparent consequence, no further investigation was made.
In the end, will the official report tell us that the aggregation of those little things that
subsided with no apparent consequence were warnings that issues needed attending in order to avoid a
major event? Sometimes just the drip of some coffee onto electrical wires can cause the destruction
of a very large entity. Likewise, little things that don't quite seem right on reports or
transactions on ledgers can be rationalized and dismissed. But they do mount up. Although small, they
are the harbingers of major issues. If left unattended, disaster will follow.
The revelations that hit the news at this time last year forced us to take notice of those little
things here and there. Thousands are paying the cost of buying into the rationalization and jumping
on the bandwagon of silent acceptance and buying into something that was inherently wrong.
Whether large or small, whether it subsides or not, attention to details is important. It affects
good financial reporting, product liability, stock and balance sheet performance, professionalism and
(February 13, 2003)
Wouldn't you know it? Just when you thought your entry into the new department was successful
something happens to let you know you were completely wrong.
It's one of those times when a door is left open as you pass by and the words of a conversation flow
into your pathway. Or else, you're passing by the partition wall of a cubicle and the voices of two
colleagues rise above the particle board and fabric, your name and circumstances being plainly
discussed. Someone has feigned friendship in order to gather as much information from you in order to
do the same project and gather all of the credit for it.
You're supposed to be collaborating on a project. You've done all of the research, fine tuned the
information, identified the optimal solution and presented your findings to your colleague and your
boss. Green light. Until then, your colleague has paid little to no attention to your work but then
develops a desire to look at the information a little more closely. A week later, you learn that the
colleague has done an "end run" -- they took the finalized information and activated the project in
their name without anyone's approval or prior knowledge. You're left with nothing or else are a
No matter who you are, either of these scenarios is going to leave you with steam coming out of your
Unfortunately, most women who find themselves in these types of situations buy in to the emotional
aspect and let the relationships die. Hurt feelings melt into distrust and distant, strained
relationships where there is little communication and lots of unvalidated conjecturing.
On the other hand, it has been noted that most men will be annoyed (if not ired) with these types of
situations but will take them in stride. It becomes a very clinical process. A relationship is not
killed. The now predictive information about the associate is collected and stored, then used as
necessary in the future.
The other thing most men will do in these situations is rather than rebuild the project from the
remmants of the original research and put forth a complete new effort, they will use persuasion and
alliance building to partner with the clever co-worker so that the now established resource can be
shared at a reduced cost to all.
An additional strategy that can be (and frequently is) used is to conveniently talk about the
development of the project with the clever colleague during a department meeting, in your office
while your door is open, or while standing in their own cubicle where lots of traffic moves along the
One more note about keeping this associate. This person can become your own secret weapon. It takes
talent to do many things; not everyone has the same strengths. There is a bright side to actions as
well as a dark side, depending on how they are used. Where this person has a strength at being clever
in areas where you are weak, it would behoove you to cultivate this relationship so that they want to
do things for you. Just be certain that you leave yourself a healthy space so that the matches don't
singe your coattail.
WORTH A READ
If you'd like to gather some books on these subjects, why not visit the CERA Library, Books link. You'll find several media choices
ranging from Books on Tape and eBooks to Barnes & Noble and Amazon at your disposal, in addition to
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
You can also get hands-on practice at developing these skills by taking one of the courses offered by
any of the fine online universities in the Education Center.
Keep your options open, no matter what happens. Be certain to visit the Career Center to check on what's happening in the job market, keep your
name out there for the offer you just can't refuse, or just to stay up to date on what salaries are
in your profession and industry.
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and whatever you receive is virus free. No red face for you because of wasted down time or a resume
that unknowingly was sent containing a bug. Visit the Virus Alerts Center
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