Category Archives: Work

#294 A tipping point

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You or your co-worker start a new job or role. The initial enthusiasm soon subsides as you get into the groove and the daily grind begins to wear you down. If you have the right attitude and approach, you will enjoy your job or role and not let small things bog you down. (“Small” is all relative of course)

In your job or role, you will reach a “tipping point” where you will decide doing what you are doing has no meaning for you any more. You dust off your resume and start looking for a new gig. A key question is, what is your “tipping point” and can you predict it?

Here are some reasons why you or your co-worker will say, “No mas!”

  • You stopped learning.
  • You don’t growth in your career.
  • You don’t feel appreciated.
  • You can’t handle the toxic relationship(s) at work.
  • The business is flattening or declining.
  • You could not sell your ideas to your boss.

Identifying your “no mas” moment will give you insight into your motivations and stress points. Guard yourself against a premature “no mas” moment (in other words, don’t give up too soon or too easily). Guard your “no mas” moments so that you can maximize your stay in your current job/role. In other words, don’t do anything to create problems for yourself that will cause you to give up on what you currently do.


#274 Best practices

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Stating an opinion emphatically does not make it a fact. Yet, this is a popular tactic and practiced more often than not in the workplace. Those who are loud often push their ideas forward, those who have the facts feel railroaded.

Using best practices is a double edged sword. You cannot counter the loud mouths by offering a best practice. You will be out maneuvered with arguments that show the exceptions to your proposals.

Your best bet is to achieve clarity on the problem, achieve clarity on what you do not know, and reserve the right to opinion until facts are proven. Invest your time in analysis and arm yourself with the details, know your audience when you present your information. Those who understand their audience will offer the most compelling arguments. If you are not prepared, and have not done your homework, maybe the loud mouth deserves to win.