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Going beyond the call of duty

#1 Going beyond the call of duty
25/03/2011 21:00

A she

My firm recently released the conditions for promotion, and one of them is that you must go beyond the call of duty. Can anyone please explain what this means.

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#2 RE: Going beyond the call of duty
25/03/2011 23:42

Aces to A she (#1)

Simply put in a previous 40 hours for the client and then spend a minimum of 20hrs per week proving your worth WHY you deserve the promotion before everyone in short, 50-60 hr weeks creating .ppts and talking your @r$e out...unless of course, you know how to play the game :-)


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#3 RE: Going beyond the call of duty
27/03/2011 23:43

anon to Aces (#2)


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#4 RE: Going beyond the call of duty
28/03/2011 10:03

Mr Cool to A she (#1)

Most firms have this criteria, whether explicit or not. In simple terms it means exactly what it says on the tin - there is a level of perfromance implicit in your CURRENT level/grade; do you consistently go beyond that? Typical examples of how this woudld be written up in the promotion submission papers could include:

"At one point in the project a major code release failed. The rescheduling of this for the following week put a number of subsequent releases (and the project end date) ar risk due to a limited number of release weekends being available. On her own initiative, Jenny developed a new release schedule that reduced the release dates by one weekend, thus maintaining the project end date. She was only able to do this because, in addition to managing the code development of her own team's code, she had volunteered to undertake quality reviews on the code of other teams, and as such was uniquely placed to develop an alternative release schedule that maintained code dependencies."


"Late in the sale process, it became clear that the prospective client was considering using one of our competitors to provide PMO support on the programme, leaving our firm to develop the Target Operating Model itself. Bill, despite being a relatively junior member of the bid team, was able to convince the client to stick with the initial decision to award both elements of work to a single firm. He was able to do this because of the excellent relationship that he developed with client's own PMO and central change team. He was able to convince them that a single firm would be more co-ordinated, have less conflict and would form less of a threat to their own positions.They then exerted their influence on the economic buyer"

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#5 RE: Going beyond the call of duty
29/03/2011 05:52

Bob to Mr Cool (#4)

Sounds so bleak Mars!

F@ck this / choose life / get laid / have kids / downsize / take a low flying job / be a preset parent

Happy days

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#6 RE: Going beyond the call of duty
31/03/2011 17:37

Anon Fx to A she (#1)

Come on A she, we all know what high performance grades requirements are. You have seen these people around you.

I have spent 5 of the last 7 years receiving them, with the remaining 2 years being where I got promotions (££££s) halfway through the year, hence a normal grade at the end...

You volunteer for the toughest projects, the real painful horrible things which are in trouble for whatever reason and you fix them faster and better than expected. You don't show off or shout about it, just do it, suck it up and slap a smile on even if you hated it (which I have many a time, cleaning up other people's mess).

You work harder than the others. That doesn't mean you just sit in the office for the sake of it (I hate that and even enjoy a bit of working from home sometimes), I mean you take on a fair few extras, things that genuinely help your Programme Director - Managing Principle or whatever they call it at your place.

Most importantly, you show passion, you genuinely care for whatever you are doing and the people you line manage.

Voila, watch the bonus money and higher raises come in. Easy Peasy. Ish. Tiring after 7 years. But I'm a newbie from Industry just in, so no doubt politics / who you know etc plays a bigger part on your end grade? Others will be better at answering that.

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