These days it happened to have a couple of fresh grads asking me for advice about how to judge whether or not it is a good idea to stay at their company. And I have found out something very interesting that most people are too self-centered and seldom put themselves in other people’s shoes.

Nowadays, people evaluate a job not just based on the compensation they will get, but also will consider how much they can learn in the company, which outweight the former factor for fresh grads.

The interesting thing is that people who cares about learning opportunity often find themsleves learn all things in their company and consider leaving their company just a couple of months later after they joined the company, either for the company has not further learning opportunity or the boss doesn’t offer them more challenge. I just happened to see one typical example of this and here is what I come up with:

1. Are you sure you learned everything?

You may get a “100” in one test, but that doesn’t mean you are the best. You only be best when you have achieve “100” in every test. In a word, Do Things Perfect on a CONSTANT BASIS.

2. Are you really ready for the challenge?

A lot of people might has once get a “100”, but not achieve “100” for every test. However, they feel pretty good about their “100” and themselves and suddenly they grow up and request for more challenge. And they will consider leaving if more challenge is not yet come. But as stated above, only a “100” doesn’t mean you are good for the current work, you still need to prove that you are ready for more challenge for getting more and more “100” in the tests.

So from time to time, people might consider leaving their company due to one reason or another, while most of which are classified to bosses’ faults. There is only ONE boss, but many employees. You should first prove yourself and then get your opportunity but not the boss first must offer you opportunity and then you try to prove it. It should have time sequence.

And it is always a best practice to self-criticize first and then judge if it is really the company or the boss’ fault.

Dale Carnegie wrote this in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People :If AI Capone, “Two Gun” Crowley, Dutch Schultz, and the desperate men and women behind prison walls don’t blame themselves for anything-what about the people with whom you and I come in contact?

That quote can best illustrate this.

Jeff

18 August, 2008

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