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So what are you supposed to be doing? It is very easy to think you know, but do you really? It is like when your boss says, 'I want this done as soon as possible'. Now that is really easy isn't it? Well, actually no. As soon as whose idea of possible? Yours? The boss's? And does 'want' imply a wish or a need? And 'done' is open to all sorts of interpretation.

Has anything changed recently (senior management sometimes have a way of changing their minds and expecting you to know telepathically).

So, are you laying the groundwork for future promotion? Marking time until you decide what to do? Counting down the days until you retire? Collecting information so you can go to a rival and use it profitably? Waiting to be head-hunted? Learning more about the industry so you can make a sideways move? Enjoying yourself and having a ball? Doing a hatchet job for the management and making a third of the workforce redundant?
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Hi,

So what are you supposed to be doing? It is very easy to think you know, but do you really? It is like when your boss says, 'I want this done as soon as possible'. Now that is really easy isn't it? Well, actually no.

As soon as whose idea of possible? Will you decide what completion date is possible? Or will your boss decide what completion date is possible?

Yours? The boss's? And does 'want' imply a wish or a need? And 'done' is open to all sorts of interpretation.

Has anything changed recently (senior management sometimes have a way of changing their minds and expecting you to know

telepathically). Understanding what they are thinking, without them having to say it aloud.

So, are you laying the groundwork for future promotion? Marking time until you decide what to do? Counting down the days until you retire? Collecting information so you can go to a rival and use it

profitably? To gain a profit, eg by using the information to get a job with another company at a higher salary.

Waiting to be head-hunted? Are you waiting for a company that finds good new jobs for people to come and offer you a better job?

Learning more about the industry so you can make a sideways move? Enjoying yourself and having a ball? Doing a hatchet job for the management and making a third of the workforce redundant?

Best wishes, Clive
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thanks a lot Clive. this is very helpful, thank you again and happy new yearEmotion: big smile