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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What Would Your Co-Workers Say About You?

When I first saw this prompt for Working Mommy Wednesday, I thought, Maybe I’ll just ask.  You know, I could send an email to my co-workers asking, “Just tell me what you think about me, so I can blog about it.”

But that wouldn’t be fair.  That would ruin all the fun.  So here goes.

My coworkers would probably say that I like being in charge.  I have specific ideas about how things should be done.  My way!  And, while I try to be open minded and listen to others, it can be pretty difficult to change my mind.  You have to be persuasive.  Expect some push back.

Another thing about me?  I can be a control freak.  While I’m all for delegation (because, if done right, it can involve me doing less work), I expect things to be done at a certain standard.  I have a passion for excellence.  And, while I’ve gotten much better at delegation over the last few years, I’m better at telling people what to do than showing them how to do it.  Training takes time and patience, and I’m not a teacher by nature.  I’m a doer.  So, unless you’re a mind reader, you’re probably not going to know exactly what I expect from you.  Sorry.

My co-workers would also say that I push the envelope.  A little too much.  I’m known to over commit and over book.  I work best under tight deadlines so I’m not going to focus on something unless I really need to.  But when I do become focused and get in “the zone”  I can be a little cranky.

Last but certainly not least, I really like to have fun at work.  And sometimes, when circumstances don’t cooperate, you have to make lemonade out of lemons.  (And then drink the entire pitcher!)  I have little tolerance for people who always see the glass half empty.

I hope my co-workers would say that I lead by example.  That I admit my mistakes.  That I’m willing to take one for the team, even if it’s at my own expense.

What do you think your co-workers would say about you?  (Maybe I need to just participate in one of those 360 evaluations and find out the truth!)


Funky Mama Bird said...

I think my former coworkers would have written that about me as well!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

They'd say I have an insane amount of energy. I'm a visionary. I love to brainstorm. I take lots of risks and can be impulsive. They'd say I'm the funniest person alive. Oh, back to reality. They'd say I try to be funny.

;) Fun game.

Like you, I love to be positive. Sometimes just to mess with people.
~ Wendy

Heidiopia said...

Wow, great question! I would hope that they'd say I always give 100% with a happy heart. I'm pretty laid back-- don't always have to have things done my way (but I haven't always been that way!), as long as they get done. Should it not get done, now, that's a whole other thing!
Now I may have to ask a few tomorrow to see if I'm right! ;-)

Graceful said...

Once one of my co-workers commented that I was "very New England." It didn't sound like a compliment. I guess I'm kind of out-spoken -- I tend to say it like it is. Occasionally I trample feelings and toes, though, and that's not good. So I'm trying to infuse me "New England" with a bit of Midwestern from time to time.

Graceful said...

Oh, don't I sound Irish when I say "me New England?"

Meant to say "my New England" of course. Maybe my co-workers would say I'm a sloppy typist, too.

Laura said...

They would say (actually they DO say), "How do you get all that done?" They'd say I love my family -- heaven knows they've heard enough about them.

They'd probably say I'm funny. I'm trying to figure out if they're laughing with me or at me... :0)

Amy DeTrempe said...

I think my co-workers would consider me patient and don't vent until a proper time for venting. Depending on what it is, I can be a little controlling of how things work in my part of the office.

Julia said...

you have some wonderful qualities!! i would totally work with you!!

(will you be my boss?)

Amy Sullivan said...

Oh, good questions. I think they would say I'm fun, a control freak, that I love all my crazy high schoolers (even the hard ones), that sometimes I talk without thinking, and maybe just maybe that I talk too much in the morning :)

Erin MacPherson said...

My coworkers would say I tend to overbook and that I work best under a tight deadline (like you). I also tend to overanalyze and overworry. You sound a lot like me!