Ok, It has been long since I have contributed to this spcae. But today I cannot resist myself from sharing this!
Few days back, I was talking to my manager on a critical problem we were facing in our project cycle which may even lead to scrapping of the project. My manager asked me to prepare some data to propose (and convince) her that I can handle this stuff easily and there is no need to worry (This is what I thought)! And hence keep me employed :). I did a simple hack to convention of preapring the data and asked my manager - " What results Do You Need ?" And She told, Project should not be scrapped. I told - "I will try my best, And It wont be scrapped". Will I be able to do it or not is a separate question which I never thought about.
As soon as I came back to my office, I started thinking, "Did I show Over-Confidence ?" because I got that feedback many a times in my past. I decided to talk to her once again and "get" what she thinks about my confidence. Surprisingly I got this answer : "Tap, I know you are an excellent performer in our team, But this is not the job where you are alone involved and you have dependencies!" I got what she was trying to tell. I decided to talk to everybody who was involved. Even more surprisingly, When I talked to all the people involved, Everybody was convinced that the timeline I am targetting are good enough!!
We completed our project yesterday and I learnt One excellent way of learning:
You all must be tired of hearing that "Setting Right Expectations Help". I would mention it this way
"GETTING RIGHT EXPECATIONS COMMUNICATED" is the key! And Sorry to be paranoid but, let me mention that it applies on both the sides. On Me and My Manager!
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