|1.||Coming in on time||Coming in early|
|2.||Leaving on time||Staying late|
|3.||Doing what you were asked to do||Doing what you were asked to do AND something you weren’t asked to do, but needed doing|
|4.||Personally doing well||Helping other people do well|
|5.||Following the leader||Being the leader|
|6.||Getting it good enough the first time around||Iterating to take it to the next level|
|7.||Getting along with colleagues||Inspiring colleagues|
|8.||Reporting problems that need solving||Reporting problems you solved|
|9.||Helping out a friend||Helping out an enemy, and turning them into a friend|
|10.||Doing your job well||Changing the world|
In a political environment, often over-achieving doesn’t matter. Boxer from Animal Farm worked his ass off and got turned into glue. However, in a meritocracy, over-achieving will get you raises and promotions, friends and all your dreams come true. I know many companies/schools/groups aren’t like this.
However, I love the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Not a Ghandi quote by the way) I want to live in a meritocracy. I want the best ideas to win and the people who work hard to succeed. So I suspend my disbelief and I try to over-achieve. I try to reward people who do the same.
Are you achieving? or over-achieving?