Most people can be categorized into one of the four buckets.
1. Smart & Nice
2. Smart & Mean
3. Dumb & Nice
4. Dumb & Mean
Below are my observations from a professional setting.
Smart and nice individuals are very easy to work with and reasonable. They are very clear in their communications, realistic with expectations, and just a nice human being to work with. They inspire me enough to sign up for extra work, just to make them smile.Read More »
Often times, I’m awed by some of the phrases that I hear at work and automatically think that the person speaking is smarter, but upon reflection, it’s just a fancy way of saying basic concepts.
In my hopes of sounding smarter, below are my collections.
“Meta Data Framework”
What does this even mean?
Since when did “thinking” needed a qualifier? And something grand as “directional.” Then again, I feel the same about “thought leadership.” Read More »
Similar to my scheduling pet-peeves, these email offenses are cringeworthy and annoying. If you ever work in a corporate environment, please read and consider whether or not you subscribe to these behaviors.
1. “Confirming receipt” — Why do we need to confirm receipt? Either you provide an answer or an update. Not sure why writing “confirm receipt” is necessary.
2. Not answering all the questions asked — and only answering the first or last question or some of the questions, making me follow-up to say, “thanks but you forgot my other questions” in a much passive-aggressive way. Read More »
It’s been a year since I went back to the corporate grind and these little things are starting to bother me again. Below are a short list of pet-peeves around meeting scheduling.
I get especially annoyed when:
1. Someone schedules an important meeting on your calendar when you are clearly booked.
2. The organizer schedules an obnoxiously long meeting without an agenda or a descriptive meeting invite name, leaving you to wonder whether or not you need to accept the meeting, and/or if you need to prepare for a meeting.Read More »
Reading Mistakes I Made at Work made me realize that it’s a pretty good idea to start documenting some of my failed attempts, both personal and professional.
I don’t have to just celebrate the wins, I think the failures also deserve some time and reflection to improve. So, here are some of my failed attempts of this year.
1. Bullet Journaling
I was mesmerized by all the wonderful daily / weekly / monthly “spreads” of the bullet journaling community that I desperately wanted to be part of that crew.
I bought all sorts of tools (various pens of different sizes and brands) as well as a lot of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks to jumpstart my bullet journaling. I practiced my handwriting and saw a tiny bit of improvement.
There are days when I make check-lists and some when I just doodle in my notebook, but this isn’t for me.Read More »