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That Guy’s Tips for Corporate Success, #6 September 11, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Tips for Corporate Success.
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It doesn’t matter how much work you do on a project; extradepartmental colleagues will only contact you to complain about it, not celebrate it.

You probably work on a lot of projects at your office. Maybe you’re a content manager who posts press releases and articles. Maybe you’re a web person who builds sites and microsites. Maybe you’re in marketing. Regardless, you pour your heart and your skills into making the best project you can. Your departmental colleagues will give you constructive criticism, and then, in the end, the collaborative effort will garner their approval.

You’ll feel great.

Until some idiot down in… oh, maybe accounting… happens upon the (for example) website you built and then calls you.

“Oh, hi, I was just on thatwebsite.com and I noticed you put up something that doesn’t really fit in with the general theme.”

How about starting with “hey, the site looks great” or “hey, I saw that billboard and the slogan made me laugh like crazy” or “I sent that article to all of my friends and they thought it was awesome”?

No. Not possible. Because extra-departmental colleagues never celebrate your hard work. The only things they’ll ever do is critique, criticize, and complain. Sometimes all three. Get used to it.

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