Perspective on Careers

24 Feb

David Maister says the “same thing 12 times” when talking about taking responsibility for your career…I could repeat all that he says…again, again, and yes, yet again! But I’ll just point to two of my favorites & let you read the full thing on his blog:

2. You can’t assume that anyone is really looking out for your best interests (in spite of what they may say.)

7. Do not expect that you will be promoted because you deserve it – it is unlikely that anyone is really keeping track.

The cold hard reality is so obvious…but sadly always only in hindsight. This is the mantra I have preached to all who have asked for my advice regarding their careers. Yet again, and again, I have failed to observe these rules, and paid a heavy price for it! Anyways, better late than never.

Thanks David for the wake up call.


Posted by on February 24, 2007 in Career, Links


2 responses to “Perspective on Careers

  1. Little Miss Muffet

    February 25, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    I would disagree with the first point about nobody looking out for ur best interests in ur career, but only because i have been lucky enough to have had a mentor…but i would agree with ur point from a general point of view…
    and yes, very few people actually get promoted because they deserve it..most of the times, it is coz of the connection u have or the relationships u maintain..or to put it crudely, the a@# -licking u do..

  2. Just Mohit

    February 25, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Hi LMM, thanks for dropping by. Even I have been lucky enough to have a number of mentors I was able to call upon, for advice, support, a willing shoulder (or ear), and yes for help! I think David’s point is to do with the organisation you work with/for, and the people therein who have a formal relationship with you.
    BTW, i like the moniker 😉


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