Olderhood Insights by Bill Storie

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Underpromise; overdeliver.

Tom Peters, in The Chicago Tribune

I wrote this when I was still in the ranks of the employed. It irritated me then and strangely enough, reflecting back, now that I’m retired, it angers me just as much.

No, rewind. It angers me more !!!

I used to believe this quote. I don’t nowadays. If you say you’ll deliver your findings report by the end of the week and you actually deliver it a day early, you are no better thought of (or compensated) than had you delivered it the next week. So sorry Tom, this might have been correct a decade or so back (maybe even a century or so back), but unless you are one of the “in crowd” at work, then no matter what you do (good stuff) then it won’t make much difference in promotion or bonus, or even keeping your job. Managers these days are far more interested in “yes men” that they can feel comfortable with, than people who are actually damned good at their job. Shame really, but that’s about it.

It can even get worse than that – a man I know is so awkward to deal with and so UNtalented, that he is a liability – however, when the promotions come along and he ask for more, he always gets it.  Let me say that another way – he gets it, I don’t. How on earth can people get away with such behaviour and such poor skills..?

So I suggest we turn this around to read : “Over-Promise and Under-Deliver” – your advancement in most companies these days, will, I assure you, improve dramatically.

Then they wonder why the western world is in such bad shape. Hmmm.

2 responses to “Olderhood Insights by Bill Storie

  1. Overpromise and underdeliver? Um, isn’t that sort of unethical? Are you being tongue-in-cheek?

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