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Subject:RE: ad hoc work overwhelms plans From:"Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com> To:'Tony Chung' <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> Date:Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:55:39 +0000
Keeping one's manager in the loop is paramount. You might be working on a job that doesn't have a job code yet, or the code has changed and you are unaware of it.
The ad hoc things I do, such as marketing writing, are outside what I usually do, but the people who send it over know that. They ask me to do it only if I'm not otherwise on deadline.
From: Tony Chung [mailto:tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca]
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 10:53 AM
To: Cardimon, Craig
Cc: Milan Davidovic; techwr-l
Subject: Re: ad hoc work overwhelms plans
I usually just do what I want, make it rock, and sell the benefits of the ad hoc work over the planned work. We found that sometimes planned work didn't take into account variables that arose after we dug into the project.
Nine times out of ten, the flexibility wins out. On the tenth time, I wind up working overtime to complete the other work, because we sae benefits in both being done.
Lately I've been reporting my findings to a manager before I embark I any such task. Then I let the management battle it out. Each group only wants to do the minimum amount of work. I want to exceed expectations. It helps when your interests and ad hoc work align with the person in charge.
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