Regarding the observation of others, move your focus from an analysis of you, to an analysis of others. Like the last set of questions, it is very important that you be objective, not emotional. Thoughts such as “She gets the best projects because she’s lucky” or “He gets the best projects only because he kisses the boss’s butt” will provide you with no value. Answer these questions based on skill set, experience, office relationships, and other measurable factors.
1. Who specifically is getting the projects you hoped to get?
2. Why do you think they are getting the projects over you from a skill set perspective?
3. Why do you think they are getting the projects over you from an experience perspective?
4. Why do you think they are getting the projects over you from on office politics perspective?
5. What other objective and measurable factors are causing others to get the great projects rather than you?
Regarding a gap analysis, I have two not-so-simple and very important questions for you to contemplate.
1. Based on your personal self-assessment, what skills should you improve, experiences should you seek out, and political steps should you take?
2. Based on your observation of others, what should you do that they are doing?
In closing, this type of analysis can be of value to you in many areas of work and in many areas of life. First, don’t underestimate the true value of personal circumspection. A deep and realistic assessment of your skills, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and interests combined with an understanding of how others think of you is a very powerful asset when navigating your future career. Regarding an understanding of others, this is a huge advantage in all forms of competition, from who gets the best projects to who gets promoted.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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