11 months ago I almost quit my IT support job with a large Accounting
company. Jay, the owner of Dumb Little Man, and my best friend, told me
to list 25 things I could personally do to get ahead. I was skeptical
because I seriously hated this place but I made the list because I had
nothing to lose but time and I didn't want to start to job search.
couldn't come up with 25 so we settled on 20. He then tweaked it a
little saying that it was too easy to fulfill. Anyway, I took the list
and posted it on my cubicle wall. I read that damn thing every morning
when I got into the office. To this day, I still have it practically
Last Friday, I was promoted and I actually moved up 2 spots so I am now earning an extra $15K year. Kind of nice if you ask me.
Here are the missions we put together:
I will work and think as if I were the SVP of my IT group. This will
include how I interact in meetings, with co-workers in the hall, etc.
This will train me for the future.
don't like the company I work for, I will still act like the SVP
because that is the position I want. I will not become a complaining,
gossiping troll because my reputation will follow me.
will be the guy to speak out with new ideas in meetings. If it's going
to save money or increase revenues, I will never be out of line.
of what my boss says, I will review myself each month and then ask for
help where I need it. My company can train me so that I can move on.
they ask for 132 TPS reports, I will do them. One day I may ask an
employee of mine for similar reports (even though it's repulsive to
On internal conference calls, I will ask questions. Not dumb annoying
ones, but questions that pertain to the company's EPS or EBITDA.
lot of Jay's list irritated me but in 30 days things got a helluva lot
better. In retrospect, it wasn't the job making me upset, I just had an
ego problem - I felt like I was better than everyone else. After I
followed through on my list, I proved I was better.
I know a lot
of you may call some of this ass kissing but I was pretty blunt in
these meetings and it wasn't my boss that promoted me - it was his
boss. The job was never even officially posted. I am now a firm
believer that leaders are winners. This list is coming with me wherever
Take it or leave it.