It Wasn’t as Easy as We Made It Look

I read this line once on a post-mortem review of a project that was handled by a very small team and accomplished big results.

It wasn’t as easy as we made it look.

It’s very important to make it look easy. It’s a morale booster for yourself and your teammates and dependents when you can say, “Piece of cake!” with a bit of swagger and a cocky smile. It’s just as important to communicate up the ladder that things are not always as easy as they seem.

Management likes to get the most out of workers that they can. That’s their job, and if they didn’t do it, then you’d never be your best. Thank them for pushing you. But, just the same, along with the swagger, make sure they know that the brilliant work you did was not as easy as you made it look; that it took a few late nights and stressful deadline-looming crunches.

2 Responses to “It Wasn’t as Easy as We Made It Look”

  1. On May 4th, 2007 at 09:11:56, Peter Goodman Said:

    I just noticed the “listen” feature… is that how your name is pronounced? I’ve always imagines the Schlu as Shloo, and then say the eterica in a similar way to et cetera. (same sounding e’s)

  2. On May 4th, 2007 at 11:51:39, Isaac Said:

    Actually, Schlue is the “shloo”, and then “ter” is “ter”. I added “ica” for the site to make it rhyme with America.

    But my name is pronounced so many different ways, by so many people. I have family members who say it differently than I do, and it’s their name too, so I can’t really correct them :)

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