In a Fortune magazine column, titled “5 Tips for Keeping Your Job” (p. 14 of the December 8 issue), tip #2 is “Don’t be a maverick…This is not the time to throw yourself in an unauthorized direction.”
Seriously? When firms are cutting back, Fortune suggest that now is the time to hide and hope you don’t get noticed?
How about the opposite? How about making now the time you go the extra mile, do something surprising and wonderful, and stand out from the crowd?
Wouldn’t you rather be the person that your company HAS to keep because you’re so exceptional than the person they forgot to fire?
(More amazing still, some blogs are quoting this mumbo-jumbo verbatim as if it were good advice.)