People who follow through, people who follow up, people who can be counted on offer an increasingly rare value to everyone else. In the chaotic conditions that we all work in, reliability is appreciated.
The same way that you’re disappointed when your computer doesn’t work is the way your coworkers feel when you come to a meeting late or unprepared or both. Or when you say you’re going to do something and you don’t, without letting anyone know.
Like the wonky computer, however, this sort of disappointment is becoming commonplace. It’s increasingly acceptable to under-perform. We’re all busy. We’re all faced with more demands than we have supply for. We’re all finding some of our stuff falling through the cracks.
Or have we just lowered our standards, done a poor job at expectation setting, and a poor job of planning?
Whatever the case, the ones who consistently have their act together stand out. They’re valued. And that value is reciprocated in lots of ways, directly and indirectly. So why not join them?
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