Alchemical Thoughts

Another skill to master at work: how to be “reliably unreliable”

Posted on: October 27, 2010

This is one of those things that you will not learn in college, and yet it is something that many people need to learn. It is, in the words of Nels P. Highberg, how to be “reliably unreliable.” The bottom line, according to his column in The Chronicle of Higher Education, is to “be a responsible adult without always being the one who can be counted on for anything at anytime, unless that is something that fits your lifestyle and makes you truly happy.” In other words, this is a reminder about knowing how to draw boundaries and how to keep them. If nothing else, it will help you keep your sanity. By the way, the comments to the column are an interesting look between those who get it and those who somehow expect people to do slave labor and say yes all the time (also known as the ones who have not learned boundaries or common manners).

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