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Do the right thing, Wait to get fired

Brendan Sterne

I stumbled upon this bit of wisdom in Team Geek: A Software Developers Guide to Working Well with Others, and it resonated.  It comes from Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan:

Do the right thing, wait to get fired.

New Google employees (we call “Nooglers”) often ask me what makes me effective at what I do.  I tell them only half-jokingly that it’s very simple: I do the Right Thing for Google and the world, and then I sit back and wait to get fired.  If I don’t get fired, I’ve done the Right Thing for everyone.  If I do get fired, this is the wrong employer to work for in the first place.  So, either way, I win.  That is my career strategy.

This requires you to have confidence in your judgement, to assume authority and responsibility, to make decisions, to take risks – in other words to do…

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This entry was posted on July 22, 2013 by in Business, Life Lessons, Mental Floss, Productivity and tagged , , .
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