Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what's a good way to be noticed in a positive way at work?
A: Showing up on time every day is a good start. Mike Littlejohn told the 2011 spring graduates at UT Knoxville that he showed up 15 minutes early to every meeting. He learned a lot of little things in those 15 minutes just listening and after awhile everyone began assuming he was "in the know" and they started treating him as just. He moved up quickly.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...