Dear CC: I'm a junior member of a staff, and I feel capable
of a lot more. But I don't want to push because I'm afraid my fellow juniors
will resent me for making them look unambitious.
There's a big difference between backstabbing and good,
healthy striving. Go to your boss and ask for more. Better still, tell her what
more you want and why you're suited for it. CC's watchword for the decade (the
modern version of "Plastics") is "Fill needs." Every boss
wants people to make her life easier, and the more you do that, the more you'll
shine. Figure out what's not being attended to properly in the office and offer
to take it on. Rather than undermining your colleagues, you're raising the bar on
what is possible for them, too. At least you can tell yourself that as you
trample them on your climb to greater heights.
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