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To become more fireble

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  • business and economics and technology
  • June 6th, 2006

    One of the job of a technologist at a small company is to become more fireble.  By that I don’t mean trying to get fired everyday.  By definition startup runs on very little margin of error.  Everyone in a startup plays a key role in the company.  Thus it is far more important that a technologist to make himself more replaceble through the means of documentation and knowledge transfer.

    The goal here is not to get replaced, but to be responsible enough for the truck factor, (if I get hit by a truck, what happens) to make sure that the company can still operate if they pick up an equally competent engineer.  When I took this job I took a 30% pay cut.  What that bought me is the ability to walk and get an automatic 30% raise.  So I will try harder to make sure I like what I do.  On top of that, I am not afraid to get replaced.  So I will not be afraid to go and make myself more replaceble.  Which put me in a position that I need to be on top of my toe to keep my job.

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    • 1. panasianbiz  |  June 6th, 2006 at 11:37 pm

      Hi, I came across your blog on Technorati. Good post. I think a lot of people are so concerned about making themselves “irreplaceable” that they don’t give others the right amount of information to do their respective jobs properly. But yes, the sign of a good techie or manager is when things run smoothly in his or her absence.

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