Career Manifesto

Today I found at Seth’s Blog this excerpt from a career manifesto, which I think was originally written at Execupundit.

I’d like to comment some of the points:

1. Unless you’re working in a coal mine, an emergency ward, or their equivalent, spare us the sad stories about your tough job. The biggest risk most of us face in the course of a day is a paper cut.

Yeah, that’s totally true! I am one of those always complaining about everything. I should read this sentence more often.

3. You are paid to take meaningful actions, not superficial ones. Don’t brag about that memo you sent out or how hard you work. Tell us what you achieved.

Another one that totally bites me. I don’t brag at all, but I should thrive more for greater achievements.

8. Don’t believe what the organization says it does. Its practices are its real policies. Study what is rewarded and what is punished and you’ll have a better clue as to what’s going on.

This one I totally understand. Objectives, goals and yadda-yadda are worth close to nothing. What we really should look for is to what people (and therefore the company) values the most and what kind of behavior is expected from you (which can be quite different from what everyone told you).

9. Don’t expect to be perfect. Focus on doing right instead of being right. It will simplify the world enormously.

I’m not a perfectionist, but I keep thinking that what I’ve done is worthless. Maybe it’s better than what I think. Some people tend to underestimate their capabilities.

10.If you plan on showing them what you’re capable of only after you get promoted, you need to reverse your thinking.

We should think ahead. We ought to think about the present, as well. You must show your capabilities now and plan what you’re going to do as soon as you get promoted.

Why don’t you read this career manifesto and think for a while about it? Does it fit you? Tell us 🙂

Última actualização: 22/12/2006


5 comentários a Career Manifesto

  1. CF Dezembro 31, 2006 at 12:53 #

    Peter, I totaly desagree with the first point. We are at the 21st century where the machines do most of the hard and dangerous work and all of the “thinking/smart” work are for the people. This kind of work is keeling us all. Every day we can see on the news there are new “diseases” that are keeling more people that the true virus. I am talking about stress, obesity (that kills more people that hunger), heart attack, cancer, and so on…… What I am trying to say is that work, even if there are no “real danger” as you can see if you work with blades, explosives, underground, etc., is making you a life style that is killing you piece by piece.

  2. Vitor Rodrigues Janeiro 2, 2007 at 14:35 #

    “Keeling”??? I “desagree” with you that work keels us.
    “obesity (that kills more people that hunger)” what??? Do you have any information that supports it, or you had nothing else to say?
    About your comment, work only makes your life miserable if you let it to. People have the power to control their work and not otherwise.

  3. Pedro Pais Janeiro 2, 2007 at 15:06 #

    I think he meant killing.

    “There are now more overweight people across the world than hungry ones, according to experts” ( Might not be the same as saying that more die of obesity that of hunger, but sure is a trend indicator.

    I agree that people have the control you mentioned, but having is not the same as using. Not to mention exogenous, uncontrollable factors.

  4. Vitor Rodrigues Janeiro 2, 2007 at 19:36 #

    “There are now more overweight people across the world than hungry ones, according to experts” ( Might not be the same as saying that more die of obesity that of hunger, but sure is a trend indicator.

    Yes, it’s not the same. It’s very different indeed. Having a disease is very different from dying from it. Most of people with obesity has means (diets, surgery, sports, etc…) to control it, while most of the people with hunger (many of them children) don’t have access to the only thing that can save them: food (and medical care in some cases)!

    The number of people with diabetes is also very high, but there are means to control it and not many people die from it.

    I still think it is an unsupported statement.

  5. Pedro Pais Janeiro 2, 2007 at 19:53 #

    I’m sure we all agree with you.

    I guess it was mostly an hyperbole to demonstrate that over the years we’ve been developing better living conditions and that nowadays we’re facing new “diseases” that threaten the sustainment of the average life expectancy.

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