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No accounting for Style

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on July 22, 2010 - 12:26pm

A colleague and I are just NOT going to see eye-to-eye on a particular issue. Today, I finally figured out why.

I'm a low-key person. I believe when you fly below radar you get a lot more's more effective when nobody's bothering you or has levels of expectation or is waiting for you to fail. Of course there is a cost of no fanfare and little recognition when you play the game the way I do. Since recognition doesn't mean all that much to me, I'm good with that. I just want to get the work done and make a difference.

My colleague is a believer in 'if it doesn't happen in broad daylight in front of a 100 witnesses, than it didn't happen at all.'
Which, in our line of work, is silly. You can make a significant impact without having to bandy the effort about in neon lights.
However, I considered the following: this colleague would prefer that those witnesses be high ranking in the food-chain.

So, this high-profile thing isn't about just getting a job done and making a difference. It's about making sure people, especially important people, know your name.
That's the style he prefers.

Whereas my style shuns the spotlight and craves the accomplishment. Want to recognize me? Great, send a basket of baked goods. Double-up on the brownies. I'll eat them while I move onto the next issue I'm going to conquer.

We're not going to agree on how to approach the current issue we're tackling. Our styles are just too different.
At least we both consider the same thing an issue and both want to make changes. It's a place to start.

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