THE VEAL PEN'S HOTTEST NEW STARS
[Source: "Star Search" (Q&A with Robert E. Kelley, author of How to Be
a Star at Work), People magazine, 7/13/98]
"Stars are the small handful of people in any work environment who
outproduce and outshine everyone else.... [T]hey're often referred to as
10-for-one-ers, meaning that one of them is worth 10 average workers."
"An important [strategy a star uses] is initiative: identifying unassigned
work that is critical but is no one's responsibility - like upgrading your
company's computer software."
"Too often, average performers take initiative only for tangential things,
like volunteering to organize the company picnic."
"There's self-management: thinking about what work is really important.
Instead of checking things off your to-do list, worry about what should get
on your to-do list."
"There's also perspective. Stars realize they have to understand multiple
points of view and ask themselves, 'How does my boss think about this? The
customers? The competitors?'"
"[Stars] also realize that if you help other people succeed, they're going
to help you."
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