Mediocrity is the new exemplary

A word of warning. Well, nine actually: never show that you’re good at something at work. If you do, you’ll get a reputation, and every similar task thereafter will be thrown your way.

I showed an aptitude for relentless and organised chasing of stuff recently. The next time there was a need for similar relentless chasing, it was thrown my way. On this occasion, I threw it straight back whence it came.

Yesterday’s Excel pivot-table and graphing task was thrown straight in my direction. I had nowhere to throw it, but luckily it was 15 minutes’ work. It was also fun.

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5 Responses to “Mediocrity is the new exemplary”

  1. elise on February 28th, 2007 07:09

    you mean like creating info graphics for aesthetically challenged PMs?
    😉

  2. AM on February 28th, 2007 21:54

    don’t, for a second, think you’ve batted back ownership of ergon exodus

  3. Shanahan on March 2nd, 2007 04:02

    That’s ten words. Your counting is mediocre.

  4. Dan on March 2nd, 2007 04:17

    “Never show that you’re good at something at work”. I’m consciously counting “you’re” as one word rather than two.

    Thanks anyway, Francis 😉

  5. elise on March 2nd, 2007 04:22

    and here i assumed you could count, mr. shanahan.
    contractions count as a single word. don’t believe me? search for it online or just type in a contraction in Word and do a word count.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraction_%28grammar%29

    heh, word.

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