Know Your Place

I must have half written this post six or seven times over the last week or so in attempt to convey my view point and not sound like a total jackass. At this point coupled with my inability to sleep I’m just going to let the thoughts flow and hope the makes some sense and aren’t just the incoherent ramblings of a mad man.

Knowing your place in the hierarchy of a work places structure is critical. It means that you understand your position in its entirety and can essentially function autonomously. If your supervisor hasn’t conveyed it to you I’m telling you now that your hard work is greatly appreciated. They don’t have to constantly “supervise” you and can focus energies where needed.

This kind of work ethic does not go unnoticed. It will result in praise, raises, and promotions. Which brings me closer to point I’m trying to make. When you are eventually elevated to a higher level position or a different department it doesn’t mean forget what you have learned to this point. You should also expect to have to step back down in the trenches and do those old tasks again no matter what the reason. Those said previous tasks do not become beneath you. Remember that you did them for some amount of time to get where you are.

To paraphrase what Mel Gibson’s character (Lt. Col. Hal Moore) said in, We Were Soldiers, “You will master your job. You will then teach it to the man above and below you.” I’m not sure how this exactly ties into everything here, but I liked those lines a lot. Everyone must work together as one. Capable of covering the position of the person above and below in case of a man down situation.  This is applicable in any work environment showing that you have mastered your own position and are flexible to do other tasks and have already learned some if not all of the needed skills in order to move up into the next position.