Here’s a Post which was published by LinkedIn.com within the past half-hour.:
“Have you ever been told, “That’s not what you are supposed to do. That responsibility belongs to someone else.” While you may have a Title for your position, it doesn’t necessarily explain what you actually do. A Form usually relates to one thing and a Function relates to the activity of a specific Form.
The answer may lie in what binds the Function to the Form, whether by a job description, perceptions, testimonials or accomplishments. As we begin to think about our upcoming Labor Day – how would you describe what you do – is it Form over Function or Function over Form?
What do your customers expect from you. . . Function or Form? How often has it happened to you that you visit a retail store and what you wanted to buy is not sold by the Form name of the retail store? Perhaps you contacted an Accounting firm, only to learn that the specialty service you want to hire is not found within the firm’s members? Form over function sounds simple, but it isn’t.
Another way of looking at form over function and function over form is to consider the word “feedback”. Is feedback just a comment or response, or your understanding of what was said, or advice, or an opinion or a demonstration of your listening skills? While you may have merely given encouragement to someone’s decision, it was received as advice, which was not your intention. Perhaps this topic is another puzzle for us to work out in our careers because we live in a fluid, every-changing world.
Consider as you Choose How You Want to be Known As, what is your answer to the Form or Function question. Have a great day!”
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent