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IMPORTANT: Distinguish between volunteering for good opportunities to shine versus tedious or futile missions. There will be opportunities for you to volunteer for different administrative committees in your office. If the committee is convening to plan a big event or execute a structural transition, the extra duties on top of your normal job are worth the chance to work with senior executives or colleagues from other departments you dont usually meet. But if the need is strictly administrative with lots of work and no glory, it may not be worth your time to participate. Your good work moving files over the weekend will be quickly forgotten.
In particular, do not volunteer for futile missions with lots of obstacles. The high risk of failure is not worth the small chance to be a hero. Once, a Wall Street analyst offered to hand deliver a bid proposal due at a specific hour in New Jersey. The bid was finished late, and traffic between New York and New Jersey prevented the guy from delivering the package on time. He was blamed by his department for disqualifying them from the deal, and wasting all of their work on the proposal. There was no reason for an analyst to deliver the bid in the first place; a courier would have been the obvious solution. Instead, the analyst created an opportunity to fail, and did.
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