Je's Say'in

Over the years, have been blessed to work with a bunch of great people. I have managed to accumulate a ton of sayings that might even be good advice. Here are a few:

With snow on the way tonight, Don't eat the yellow snow.

In the long run, income must be greater than or equal to outgo.

If you have choice in what you must do, always try to do the hardest first.

When you screw up, always admit it. Most people get fired for covering up with lies and not for being able to do the job or mistakes.

Work will flow to the competent person until it buries him. The only answer is to go to your boss and ask him what he really wants done. Or, what the system will let us not get done.

I have almost always been able to do a good job if I remembered that the most important part of the job is to get the work done. Most of the time, working hard is enough.

If in doubt about what to wear at work, look at the bosses and see what they wear. You may not be able to afford a trip to Hong Kong for hand made suits, but you can tell what they think is appropriate. And, for god sakes, polish your shoes now and then.

Work is a lot like the race with a bear. If you can outrun the other camper, that's fast enough.

Don't crap where you eat, put your pecker in the payroll, or take home anything that isn't yours.

If you do what you did, you will probably get what you got.

Learn as much about your job as you can. It is hard to read all the rules, but it pays to know what they are. On a couple of occasions, I had to make sure that the boss knew what the regulations said. A boss with a lot of employees may not always know the rules. Only once did I tell a boss that he would have to put something in writing if he ordered me to do it. He didn't and the next day we brought him a solution that worked and everyone was at least satisfied.

When the job I had to do with a team was tough, I would have them put together three solutions and rank order them to take to the boss.

Know who your potential blockers are to your plans and have a strategy to work with them or to by-pass them if they won't move.

Know your strengths and weaknesses and try to fill out any team with people who have the opposite strengths. You may not like them, but you can often find a way to have them complete a plan or solution to a problem that will work.

Love, laugh and enjoy life, that's what you get, don't expect a whole lot more.

Oh, and always save for a rainy day.


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