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Exceed expectations and do a great job

When it comes to job performance, we all want to do is neither an okay-job nor just a good job but a great job. But it’s pretty hard sometimes to figure out what does it mean by doing a good job v/s doing a great job.

One of the best ways to understand this a little bit better is to understand the expectations of your job. If you do not know the expectations of your current job role, it’s time to approach your manager or stakeholders to understand your job requirements. The best way to do this would be to take your best guess, write them down, share with them, and ask for feedback. 

And if you are not comfortable asking directly what the expectations are, go out for lunch with your boss or with your stakeholder and just ask what it would mean for your role over the conversation.

The next step

Once you understand the expectations of the job and the outcomes that everybody’s looking for, those become your baseline expectations. If those expectations seem okay to you, then it’s time for the next step. But if for some reason those expectations seem sky-high, one option you absolutely have is to reset those expectations.

Now it is super helpful for you to understand those expectations and reset them. Because once you’ve reset them, then you start with a fresh baseline, which is the expectations of your job. 

How to exceed expectations?

Now comes the fun part. After knowing the expectations of your job, you must make sure you exceed those expectations. This means that put in the work and create more value than what’s being expected of you. You demonstrate any communicate that value, and you help others.

Build a personal brand and do all of those things that are necessary for you to not only meet the expectations but exceed those expectations. Exceeding expectations is the only way, not only to hit it out of the park and do a good job but also for you to get to the next level in your company or your career.