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January 10, 2014



I really like this one.

I tell people "if you can do this, you will be super effective. You will get things done and be on to the next project while others are still waiting for instructions - instructions which their boss is too busy to give and that they can figure out themselves".

Sometimes just STARTING a job is helpful. Then you can phrase questions to your boss in an "option 1, option 2" fashion.

It is true that there are micromanaging bosses that may punish you for assuming too much, but most are just grateful not to have to baby you. Also, I've seen cultures (former communist nations, e.g.) that have a problem working with incomplete requests. Of course, that is just my slice of experience.

Lastly, a tell-tale sign of a disengaged worker is requiring that instructions be super-specific. He/She may not be interested in digging deeper and/or may want to set things up so there is NO WAY failure is ever their fault - which circles us back around to the "Don't be a victim" comment. I sometimes claw out of a disengagement spiral by reminding myself not to be a victim. (it just never works out, does it?)

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