Do you respect your craft?

Whether you look at it that way or not:, you work on the projects all the time.

Do you realize how much time you spend for:

  • justifications, 
  • clarifying vagueness, 
  • prepare status reports, 
  • safeguarding yourself, and
  • protecting your interests  

… if things go haywire in the end?

As time passes, the total time spent on all such activities becomes so significant that it prevents you from delivering the project’s actual value.

As time passes, everyone, including you starts to feel that the project is not going well.

So you end up protecting more of your interests and keep a list of excuses ready to handle the confrontation.

Such activities may end up saving your back on “judgment day” and protect you against visible failure.

But do you realize that the same activities are keeping you busy from producing and delivering meaningful work?

If you do this consistently, it offers the great (negative) outcomes of compounding.

How do you want to approach your business?

You can credit your craft, or you can discredit it.

Customer collaboration or contract negotiation—your choice.


Why Your Workplace Help is Missing the Mark (And How You Can Fix It!)

Here is why your workplace help is missing the mark and how you can fix it!

Help In Workplace: The Choice

This is a real-life happening from one of my product teams related to workplace help.

I have a technically excellent team member. We will call him P.

P has been working on an important project with a steep deadline. 

But recently, P decided to help another team member for almost the whole day on another project with somewhat lesser business importance.

He missed his deadline on an important project. The business is still suffering the consequences of P’s choice.

P is a great team member with excellent technical skills. But he could not stay on course. 

The Management Decision

Was P sacked? 

No. But he had to be reprimanded. 

“It is okay to help the others if it takes 10-15 minutes of your time.

It is also okay to help others if it takes more time but does not impact the project in focus; otherwise, that help is a waste of business resources!”

~ Some day in Feb 2021
You have power 
to make your 
choices — not outside 
Realize this, and you 
will find your 
performance mark! 
~ UV (Utpal Vaishnav Quote)

Any respectable business works on defining priorities and performance. You disregard the priority, and you are a poor performer. 

In my team, it is acceptable to make mistakes. But not the same mistake twice. 

When you are working on an important project, you get everything done to deliver that project. 

Nothing more, nothing less. 

That’s the fundamental responsibility. That’s what makes you a performer and provides the perks. 

In business, helping others is great, but not always. Not at the cost of your own performance. That’s not running an extra mile, that’s an inappreciable performance glitch!

Note to Self

  1. When you are working on a project, stay on-course. Or don’t participate in the project.
  2. Helping others is noble only if it does not impact your own performance. Put your oxygen mask first
  3. Mistakes are acceptable as long as they are used as stepping stones to learn and get better at the core craft. 

Think for yourself.