Achieving / Over-Achieving

1.Coming in on timeComing in early
2.Leaving on timeStaying late
3.Doing what you were asked to doDoing what you were asked to do AND something you weren’t asked to do, but needed doing
4.Personally doing wellHelping other people do well
5.Following the leaderBeing 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 wellChanging 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?


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