Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

Being there

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

As Woody Allen said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

In one of my classes last week, five students came to class 30 minutes late…on a day they were supposed to present the results of their semester long project. I am still trying to figure out what they were thinking.

In terms of competencies, you can’t be successful and get positive results if you don’t show up…and showing up 30 minutes late is very close to not showing up. And the key here is the perception of others about the quality of your work.

Organizational awareness? How will your professor or manager perceive your being that late on a day you are supposed to present? What does being very late tell others about your interpersonal skills – or sensitivity to keeping everyone waiting for you?

We are all late sometimes. But be careful not to be late on a day when you are actually presenting – or other people are really depending on you.

I agree with Bill Gates, who told students, ” if you think your teachers are tough, wait until you have a boss.”

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  1. Hi Robin,
    It has been a great pleasure reading your books. Would you consider writing about strategic planning? As manager and leaders we are always asked to prepare integrated strategic work plans that includes logistics, finance in an emergency situations. Most of the times, the future is so uncertain that you will ask yourself where to start and what to do if most scenarios change.

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