This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: Define your work.
This is old skool: Peter Drucker noted years ago that the hardest thing for a knowledge worker to do was to define the work that needs to be done.
This is true.
How many times have you thought the task was one thing, but, in reality, it was something different? How many times have you delivered what you thought you needed in one format, but your manager wanted a different format? How many times have you delivered what you thought was wanted on the due date and found it wasn’t what was needed at all? And how many times have you nailed the requirements for the task and found that your manager changed the task in mid-stream.
It’s ugly. Time wasting. And reflects poorly on your personal brand. It’s lousy career management because you can’t seem to deliver what you need to deliver to your management team.
Here’s four tips on how to deliver in a constantly changing environment:
In my experience, what is provided at the time of the assignment of the task is NEVER what the final deliverable looks like.
So plan for the change. Define your work.