from Innovative Leader Volume 9, Number 5
Five Ways Not to Get
by Donald E. Wetmore, Ph.D.
Dr. Wetmore, from Shelton, CT, is a speaker and consultant on
time management. He
can be reached at: phone (800) 969-377; fax (203) 9298151; email email@example.com;
Time Management has a lot more to do with "investing"
our time wisely, rather than just "spending it." Many
people view their job as just that, a "job," where they
exchange their time for money rather than viewing it as a
"position," a platform and a springboard to even greater
I have met many who lament that they are not getting the
advancement they desire, thinking that external forces are keeping
them from moving up the ladder. In some cases, this is true. In
most cases, it is not.
And so, here are five common ways people use to "not"
1. Don't plan your day. Go to work each day without a plan
in mind. "People don't plan to fail but many fail to
plan." Respond to whatever comes at you, the loudest voice
attention. You will work "hard" but maybe not
2. Do the minimum. Many have the attitude "they don't
pay me for that." They do what is required of them to cover
themselves. They fail
to recognize that, in order to qualify for a raise, they have do
more now than what they were already being paid to do. Like a
wood-burning stove, many stand at the cold stove and demand its
heat without recognizing that you have to put the wood in first,
start the flame, and wait a while for heat to radiate.
3. Rely on your current base of knowledge. The amount of
information has doubled in the last fifteen years, and it is said
to be doubling every eighteen months hereafter. The world, our
companies, and our jobs are changing whether we are along for the
ride or not. It has been reported that within five years, 60% of
us will be doing jobs that are not even in existence today. If we
continue to do what we do, the same way, most of us will soon be
4. Voice your complaints. Every job has something to
complain about. The pay, the hours, the location, the facility,
your boss, your coworkers, the customers, etc. Since we can never
be sure whether those around us are aware of our particular
discontent, be vocal about what you don't like. It will keep you
and them from doing what really needs to be done, and it will send
out a message to the "powers that be" that maybe, just
maybe, you won't be here in a few months, so why should they give
you any more money or any more responsibility?
5. Don't share the credit. When something goes right, put
your name on the top of the list of those who made it happen.
Don't acknowledge others' contributions. If something doesn't work
out well, point the finger to someone else. "Victory has a
thousand fathers. Failure is an orphan."