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Urban_scribe
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Post Number: 716
Registered: 05-2006

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Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 08:03 pm:   

Well, Carey, first and foremost I like to think of myself as a fair person. If someone's right, they're right. It could be my worst enemy - I can't argue with them when they're right, and I must acknowledge that they are right. Conversely, if someone's wrong, they're wrong. It could be my mama. If she's wrong, she's wrong. Because I have no problem giving people a piece of my mind when they've said/done something that rubbed me the wrong way, I equally have no problem giving them their props when they've said/done something that impressed me. Some may view this as flip-flopping, but I just view it as playing fair. And that's the code I try to live by.

I compare it to working for someone who's quick to call you out and dress you down when you've screwed up, but is slow to acknowledge when you've gone above and beyond the call of duty - if they acknowledge it at all. Who wants to work for such an asshole? Then you may have an employer/director/manager/supervisor/boss/team leader, whatever, who'll get all up in your face with a quickness when you've dropped the ball; but when you've exceeded their expectations, they're just as quick to sing your praises to the point of embarrassing you. That's the type of person you want to go the extra mile for, go out of your way to make them look good.

Throughout my career, I've worked for both types of bosses; same industry, different companies. I was on salary (both jobs) and quitting time was 5:30 (both jobs). Now with the former type of boss, 5:29 I was putting on my coat. With the latter type of boss, it was nothing for me to stay 'til 7 o' clock three, four evenings out the week.

To sum this all up, if I can let you know when you don't make me laugh, I must also let you know when you DO make me laugh - and, you did make me laugh.

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