By Nick Hopkins, CPA, CFP®
Partner, Director of Tax Services
What is expected of us in our position within a business or organization? It's a question people tend to ask when they're first hired or promoted, but not afterward -- especially those in an executive or management role.
If you want to excel on a personal basis as well as make the company better, it's a good idea to regularly ask others, "What do you expect of me?" And not just your supervisors, but also those under you within the hierarchy.
What we often see in a lot of work environments is that in order for a person to achieve excellence, they must have a clear set of expectations for themselves in terms of what their responsibilities and duties are. Sometimes these can be different from the expectations your superiors and subordinates hold. When your sense of expectations varies too far from those you work with, invariably conflict or disappointment arise.