Over the course of a year, an organization does LOTS of things (if they’re fast-moving and actually trying to take on the world). There are Herculean efforts, incredible recoveries, contracts that ALMOST don’t get signed, but someone or a team do something AMAZING to reel them in. Events occur that reshape and reshape again the goal of the company.
Now, imagine you’re an anthropologist and a historian, sitting in the middle of this experience, wanting to record what happened. They would see these same events, and dutifully write down what was spectacular, what mattered most.
Do you think they’d write down how many emails a day you answered? Do you think they’d write down that you are always dutiful in filling out your time sheets? Would they be wanting to write your name on a blank page, and write beside it: she got along well with her coworkers really well?
There are things you MUST do at work (just as there are in all parts of your life), but those aren’t the things that get screen time in big movies. No one wants to see Brad Pitt floss his teeth for four minutes.
Eat Dessert First
Above all else, be alert and take initiative. Follow up, and focus on actual RESULTS and not good intentions. There are lots of people who CAN do something. There are far fewer who actually get it done.