There is a certain type of person lurking about. The kind of person that has built a career on a false sense of value. This is the most dangerous person of them all. This person will ruin the career of someone that does good, solid work.
This person, is the professional professional.
You’ve no doubt seen them in your day-to-day job or when you’ve entered the office of a client. They’re the ones that have mastered productivity software rather than productivity. They’re the ones that can kiss ass like a champ and never say anything that questions the boss. They’re the ones that wouldn’t know how to defend a thoughtful idea or take part in a true critique to save their lives.
They’re the ones that have beautiful presentations and spreadsheets but have never built a single thing from them.
They have a great network on LinkedIn and they can tell you all of the amazing meetups that are happening in your area. They might even accumulate a few friends along the way because they’ve convinced them that their “connections” are valuable.
Be sure to identify this person, because when you’ve learned how to cut through the bullshit and get to the point, they’re going to be the ones freaking out because there haven’t been enough meetings about meetings. You couldn’t possibly be doing your job if you haven’t called a meeting to be showy about your brilliance.
There’s a plague that’s going around the world of work. It’s a virus that can be hard to see because of so many years of having to justify their jobs.
This virus has a name…
…and it’s called the Professional Professional.