Rule 11: Why People judge you at all times

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Famous Football Management Expert & ex-NFF Chair, Anthony  Kojo Williams

Everything about us speaks volumes to others.  The way we dress, the car we drive, where we go on holiday, how we talk and walk, what we eat at lunchtime – everything about us is subject to the judgment of others.

This new Rule is making sure that the judgment is positive and enhances your career.  If you’ve never thought about it before, this rule will help you recognize the signals you give off and how to improve them so others take notice.  You can’t stop people making judgments – but you can change those judgments and consciously affect them.  This rule is about being stylish, confident, smart, well groomed and very smooth.

                                                   
                                                               So, make your dress count

Dress well means exactly that – dress well.  There is simply no excuse for dressing badly, dressing down, dressing dumb, dressing cheaply or dressing carelessly.

I’m afraid that this rule is very important and must be strictly adhered to.  There are no days off; no excuses, no letters from your mother letting you off.  Dressing well is the most noticeable thing about you.  If you relax your guard for a moment it will be remembered.  On the other hand, it might be a lot less work never to embark on this one and remain un-promoted, un-successful, un-powerful because once you start you can’t let up for a second.

So what do we mean by well?  Simply that, well.  For a man it might mean a suit, collar and tie and polished leather shoes.  For a woman it could mean an elegant two-piece business suit, smart hosiery, court shoes.  On the other hand, you may need to tone this down, if your company dress code is permanently causal, see Rule 6.3 but the cheaply and badly rules still apply.

“Dressing well is the most noticeable thing about you.  If you relax your guard for a moment it will be remembered.  On the other hand, it might be a lot less work never to embark on this one and remain un-promoted, un-successful, un-powerful because once you start you can’t let up for a second”.


If you are in any doubt here is a simple checklist of don’ts:
·                    no trainers
·                    no jeans
·                    no Hawaiian, or any other fancy style or type, shirts
·                    no Velcro, no manufactured (what used to be known as ‘man-made’) fabrics such as nylon etc., no ‘state-of-the-art’ articles, no modern fashions, no modern fashions, no extremes, no statements of artistic license.

I used to watch a young man come to work.  He was efficient, experienced, clever, a good communicator, reliable, trust worthy and honest, diligent and presentable – but he wasn’t getting promoted.  Why not?  Because he was ignoring this rule.  Oh yes, he dressed well enough at work.  It was his arrival that was wrong.  He rode a motor bike.  Nothing wrong with that.  It saved him money and made sure he didn’t get stuck in traffic jams – highly commendable.  But it was holding him back.  As he walked through the office each morning he clutched his crash helmet and wore an all-in-one bright orange motor bike suit.  Again highly commendable.  It made sure he could he could be seen on foggy mornings and was hard wearing and protective in the event of an accidental spill.  But it also drew attention to him as a ‘youth’. Middle managers don’t ride motor bikes.  Senior executives have long since given up the Honda lust.  So this young man wasn’t going to get promoted while he ‘looked’ like a biker, in any shape or form.  Once I got him to take the orange suit off before he came into the office and leave the crash helmet in reception, he was away and his rise up the ladder was meteoric.  He didn’t have to give up the bike, just stop advertising the fact he was still young enough to ride one.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to give a genuine smile” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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