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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 8:17 AM


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All right this is getting spooky. Do you have a web cam installed somewhere in our office? Our help desk/at your desk/crawl under your desk guy is out on a 10 day hike, finishing off at the top of McKinley. We all hate it when he leaves because we know the calls are going to come in at double the rate, just to torture us.

Eric, we appreciate you! Come back!
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I'd actually argue that a less experienced person can be as valuable in real monetary terms as your most experienced person, as by handling those low level jobs it frees up time for the experienced staff to do the difficult jobs.

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Excellent point and I wish I'd said that.







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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 8:55 AM
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If you are really valuable to the organization, you should make a point of taking a long vacation every year so that people have to get along without you.

"I’m off on a two week safari to Ngorongoro Crater. Too bad they don’t have cell phone coverage there. See you when I get back."





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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:03 AM


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Many decades ago, I worked with a team of hormone driven younger males at a college. The team had one girl in it. She was competent, but not at the geek level of the males. We were the cliche bunch of nerds and social misfits. When she was there, they behaved, got work done and bathed with some regularity.

When they transfered her out, the team fell apart. They reverted to Kindergaten behavior, including some fights. What management did not realize was that she was adult figure for the boys.


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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:55 AM
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I recall an internsive software development project where the under-qualified and inexperienced junior developer proved very valuable.

Firsly, he could complete the simple modules I assigned to him.

But, even more importantly, his cheerfulness and humour sustained the rest of us.

And we finished on schedule.

As with Joe Celko's young lady, it's not only the hard skills and experience that make a positive contribution.

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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:42 AM
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Great Article Steve. Want to add few words to what others are saying...it is *likely* people realize your worth sometimes when you are gone, it is also likely to go one or two ways..one they get along without you and figure you are not needed, two they realize you are important and don't particularly like it since they may not be contributing as much and don't want to. Am just suggesting all the different gray areas there are in office politics. That said have a poem on my desk for a long time.. i dont know the author but i think i took it out of Dale Carnegie's 'How to win friends and influence people' and it has always inspired me.

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here.
There's big work to do and there's lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail--
Be the best of whatever you are!
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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:57 AM


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We all have a role to fill at times in our lives. Sometimes it's a high level role, and at times it's a low level role. Each of us brings value for the work we do, and none of us is any "better" at life than any other. The lead developer might seem like they are more important than the secretary or the cleaning crew, but those other contributions are important as well. They're valuable, and they should be appreciated.



Thanks Steve - words to live by. I actually brought this topic up to my team just yesterday. It is nice when people will do certain things that others don't want to do or don't have the skill to do. We need to be mindful of these things - and be grateful that it is getting done.




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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:06 PM
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Michael Valentine Jones (8/26/2010)
If you are really valuable to the organization, you should make a point of taking a long vacation every year so that people have to get along without you.

"I’m off on a two week safari to Ngorongoro Crater. Too bad they don’t have cell phone coverage there. See you when I get back."


I actually took a few days off once just so that my boss would realize how much I did. I obviously needed the time off too, but once I got back my boss started helping me manage my workload. He didn't realize how much was on my plate until he had to do it. And that was all the routine day-to-day stuff, he actually wasn't capable of handling any of the DBA tasks I do. Since, we've actually hired 3 different people to do jobs I used to do (and other tasks, of course; they're focused job descriptions allow them to perform those tasks much better than I ever could). I definitely appreciate what those people do, because I was there once and their existance allows me to focus on the job that I do.

Also, as a manufacturing company, we have production and office workers. I'm good friends with many of the production worked, and try to never think of them being on a lower "level" than I am. Without them, we wouldn't have anything to sell. Our company is a little unique in that I think most people realize this and feel the same way. We value every cog in the machine, large or small; they all have a place and without one, the machine would not operate as well.

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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:20 PM
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There's a person in my office who handles PO's & invoices, licensing compliance, scheduling, staff reporting, timsheets, filters telephone calls, arranges birthdays, etc...and she always does the job cheerfully. She has the responsibility of an office manager but - sadly - without the pay. Poor girl sits by herself and I make a point to go over and say hello at least once a day. My opinion is that she doesn't receive nearly enough recognition and she has more capability than the tasks she is given.

Anyway, she was away sick for a few days earlier this month and we certainly felt the pain. She's the glue that keeps the place from falling to pieces. We should be more respectful and appreciative. Let's not forget "Fight Club"



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Posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 9:01 PM


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