1. This post is not about compensation. I miss writing about compensation, however, and will resume talking about it tomorrow.First things first: What is shipping? 1
This video explains it well:
With that said, it’s a long video so for those of you that don’t have time to watch:
Shipping is starting what you finish. It’s always having a deliverable once you start a process.
Most people are afraid to ship. Sometimes being afraid to ship means being so worried about the way an e-mail may be interpreted that one never sends it. It may mean being afraid to speak in public or launch a new product or try something outside of one’s comfort zone. It means having group meetings where important initiatives die on the vine rather than coming to fruition.
Not shipping is always finding excuses to delay doing that which must be done.
People fail to ship because they’re too focused on the possible consequences of failure to imagine the rewards associated with success.
People fail to ship because finding fault or danger in their process gives them an excuse to postpone putting themselves out there to the world.
Let me tell you something, though:
Top performers aren’t afraid to ship. They “go for it” all of the time.
They are the ones that speak up in the silent room. Their projects are ready at deadline. They don’t allow fear of failure to prevent them from shipping.
Sometimes when top performers ship they fail.
This is okay. Employers understand this. What they most want to know is if a candidate can (mostly) ship quality deliverables on time. It’s reflected in some of the most common interview questions in any professional position:
Tell me about a time you had to meet a deadline
Tell me about a time you failed to meet a deadline
Tell me about a challenge you overcame
Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job
Tell me about how you work with others
How would you answer the above questions? Do you have a history of shipping? If not, will you change?
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