RE: Was: Interviewing potential coworkers -- longish

Subject: RE: Was: Interviewing potential coworkers -- longish
From: "Jim Purcell" <jimpur -at- microsoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 15:06:44 -0800

Bruce Byfield writes:

*** Many managers and directors can't believe that someone might be
working hard out of self-respect, a wish for excellence or sheer
enjoyment. Instead, they may come to believe that intense people
must be gunning for their jobs. When this situation happens, there's
no way out - if the intense person claims a disinterest in office
politics, the claim is likely to be seen as simply a cunning piece
of misdirection. It's a case of outwardly-motivated people not
understanding inwardly-motivated ones. ***

I find this very hard to believe--not that there are some managers like
this, but that they are typical in any but the most ossified
organizations. What managers may believe is that when somebody is
noticeably intense and vocally uninterested in office politics, the
expressed wish for excellence and sheer enjoyment may manifest itself as
being temperamental and uninterested in group editorial standards. It's
a case of inwardly-motivated people not understanding the requirements
of organizations. It is not always the case, of course, but it is at
least as common as the manager who embraces mediocrity and is threatened
by quality employees.


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