How does a smart person work?

The company recruited new people and had a new assistant. After many interviews, I personally recruited them. She is a graduate of a prestigious university, smart, and lively.

From the workflow to the treatment of people, I teach by hand, she also learns fast, a lot of work is taught, and the business contacts and communication between departments and branches also let her try to deal with it.

Unexpectedly, it was not long before she was confused: “Why always let me do these trivial things?”

After listening to her question, I asked: “What is not a trivial job?”

She thought for a long time and said: “I always feel that my ability can not only do this, I can do something more important.” She bluntly told me that her undergraduate course for 4 years, she had excellent homework, did not expect to find after graduation. Working, but dealing with trivial things every day, there is no sense of accomplishment.

I asked her again: “What do you think is the most meaningless and wasteful of your time and energy in all your current work?”

She immediately replied to me: “Help you post the invoice, then reimburse, go to the finances to go through the process, and finally bring the cash back to you.”

I smiled and asked her: “You have been reimbursing my invoice for half a year? What information can you summarize through this?”

She stayed for a long time and answered me: “Placing an invoice is an invoice. As long as it is financially error-free, is it OK? What information can I have?”

I smiled and told the assistant what I did.

In 1998, I was transferred from the Finance Department to the General Manager’s Office to work as Assistant General Manager. One of the jobs, like the new assistant, is to help the general manager reimburse all the bills. Originally, this work, as she said, sticks the bills and then completes the financial process.

But then I found out that the bill is actually a data record that records the costs associated with the general manager and the entire company’s operations. A bunch of data that doesn’t seem to make sense is actually related to the operation and operation of all aspects of the company. So, I created a form to record all the bills that the general manager reimbursed in my time according to time, amount, place of consumption, contact person, telephone number, etc.

The purpose of setting up this form at first was very simple. I wanted to be financially sound, and I would have accurate data to tell him if my boss had a question to ask me. After a while, through this statistics, I found some rules in business activities, such as what kind of business activities are often on what occasions, the cost budget is probably; general manager of public relations routine and very How to deal with the rules and so on. This information is told by this data.

Later, my superiors found that the work he had arranged would be handled very well. There is some information that he has never told me, and I can handle it promptly and accurately. Once, he asked me why, I told him the way I work and the source of the information. He was very satisfied and nodded. Based on this benign accumulation, he is increasingly giving more important work to me. Later, a kind of trust and tacit understanding came into being. When I was promoted, he said that I was the best assistant he had ever used.

After talking about these long stories, I looked at the girl and she looked at me slyly. I bluntly said to her: “I think your biggest problem is that you have no intentions. In the work that seems to be simple and can’t be done, you have not put your heart down, so, half a year, you feel that you have not progress.”

In fact, everyone is the same. It is difficult to predict what work to do in the future, and it is impossible to know whether the work being done is related to what has been learned. In the few years that I just joined the work, what was important was not what I did, but what good work habits I developed in my work. This habit refers to: serious, practical work style; learn to accept new things in the fastest time; discover new things, master these rules and handle them in a shorter time than others. With the above elements, you can grow into a trusted person in the workplace.

Every boss is willing to give the task to those who use it. When you have the foundation to be trusted and gradually demonstrate the advantages of being practical, intelligent and meticulous in your daily work, your boss will provide more and more job opportunities to you. The reason is very simple – a job that can be clearly explained in one sentence and can be successfully completed by you, who would like to say 3 sentences or even spend half an hour to explain to someone who can’t understand? Communication is also a cost. The less time for communication and the less internal consumption, this is the clearest thing as a manager.

When you have more job opportunities than others to get in touch with jobs you haven’t touched, you have more learning opportunities than others. People like smart and diligent students, especially as managers.

There are people who are smart, and they don’t think they have problems with their abilities. After a long time, he will complain that he is not lucky, complaining that those who seem to be mediocre are always more fortunate than themselves, and even complain that those people look better than themselves, or they will be more like leaders. Slowly, it will affect your mentality. The so-called unrecognized, sometimes this is the case. In fact, really smart people are those who are practical and attentive in their work.