Monday, December 20, 2004

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 12/20/2004
Career Year 2004

The final days of 2003 made up for whatever didn't work earlier in the year, so continue this excellent trend throughout the winter. It's okay to pause for breath after January 21st. Associates are still talking with realistic optimism. You're happy behind the scenes for the first three weeks of February. Flawless business intuition carries you into the open and ahead of the pack on the 20th. By March 7th, you're running a tight little empire. Knowing what's needed is as good as doing it.

By March 24th, you have to show credentials and defend your position; even supportive coworkers want to see you do better during most of April. Long-awaited perks come on the 20th, and you feel sufficiently appreciated. Broaden your scope on May 4th and 5th without betraying your principles. The 17th shows what happens to people who can't adapt to a changing environment. Absorb these lessons by the 21st, or the events of June 10th will leave you behind the curve.

Starting June 22nd, you have mixed feelings about a certain project or team member. An uncomfortable month can either impair or enhance your performance -- your choice. Try not to react too strongly if you feel devalued or disrespected by the end of July; it's just quality control in action, and between August 10th and 23rd, it's clear that you made the cut. Standing out from the crowd has its advantages, particularly by September 2nd, when nobody can do what you do. Inspire those who see you as a role model and start doing some mentoring.

--Wow...mixed feelings about projects or team members at the end of June??? This was so true. That month and the few months following that were probably the most uncomfortable so far (except for now, I think). However, I don't enjoy the role of "model" or "mentoring" and doing things just because no one else can do them (good for some but not good for others).

September 23rd begins an uphill battle with workplace or client relations, and by mid-October you get the grim satisfaction of watching others get what they deserve. But all is forgiven after the 24th, when the ramp-up to Halloween launches two solid months of proactivity. Deposits or investments lock in a long-term deal by November 8th. Competitors are sweating after the 11th, and that's what you want. Still, they give you a run for the money between the 22nd and the second week of December. At least you get that holiday bonus by winter solstice, along with satisfaction of a job well done. Cajole those around you to join you in some charitable giving.

--I did get a lovely "bonus" although not a bonus per se. Nice to have the extra cash though. Has the job been well done? Well, as well-done as it's ever going to get with the way things are currently running! Next year should be interesting anyway...

0 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:


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