Re: "Opportunistic"

Subject: Re: "Opportunistic"
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:15:02 +0900 (WST)

"Opportunistic" suggests taking advantage of a situation for one's own
benefit (just as an opportunistic infection takes advantage of a host
organism's poor health or weakness). So to me, an opportunistic
employee would be one who acts out of self-interest, not in the
employer's interest.

I agree with Nancy's suggestion: enterprising.

I also think you might be better off with different words for the
"seeking out" and the "following through". The first requires a bit of
inspiration, of intuition; the knack of making connections between
seemingly unrelated things. The second requires someone who is
thorough, diligent; someone who can see things through to the end.


> The idea people want to convey is a certain attitude they want
> employees to have, an attitude of seeking out opportunities
> ... and then following through on those opportunities

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