First to finish your code.

First to tweet.

First to identify the problem.

First to break the build.

First to complete your tasks.

First to volunteer.

First to order.

And simply because you are not first, does not mean your opinion, your idea and your suggestions are not welcome.  In fact they are probably more welcome and needed at a time when not everybody in the room agrees with what is being discussed.  Or perhaps where a different perspective on a problem is needed to ensure that people are getting the information they need.  And even to ensure that what has been completed was completed for the right reasons and not to meet an artificial goal.

Being First will most likely get you the Gold Star (because the metric of deciding who gets one is pretty easy) but what comes after is usually the best work people can do because they are no longer changing a metric or race that never really mattered, but is artificially constructed.

Want more? Check out my book Code Your Way Up – available as an eBook or Paperback on Amazon (CAN and US).  I’m also the co-host of the Remotely Prepared podcast.


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