Thursday, 28 July 2016

Rule 18: Be Cool


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Football Specialist, Anthony Kojo Williams

You don’t wear a red nose on red nose day.  You don’t dress up in fancy dress no matter what.  You don’t alter your impeccable style for anything or anyone.  You remain aloof from all that office nonsense.  Will this get you a reputation as stand-offish?  Arrogant? Self important?  Who cares? It will make you cool and that is all that is important.  Save the red nose for the weekends when it doesn’t matter who sees you.  Remain civilized and sophisticated at all times.

Let’s face it you are there to do a job.  That’s what they pay you for.  You ain’t there to make a fool of yourself.  Just so long as you do that job – and do it well – the way you do it is up to you.  You can choose to get involved in all the social side of the office or you can remain one step removed.  This makes you one step away from your colleagues and thus one step nearer to being their manager.

“None of this means you can’t have a laugh and joke with your work mates; just don’t get so friendly or personal that it would become impossible to promote you above them.  If you are going to be their boss soon then it pays to keep a little bit of distance”

None of this means you can’t have a laugh and joke with your work mates; just don’t get so friendly or personal that it would become impossible to promote you above them.  If you are going to be their boss soon then it pays to keep a little bit of distance. And you do this by being cool.

If you don’t know what cool is try typing in cool into your word processor and then using the Thesaurus option look for antonyms.  You get: warm, excited, unfashionable.  For warm, think sweaty hands – un-cool. 

“REMAIN CIVILIZED AND SOPHISTICATED AT ALL TIMES”.

For excited, think small boy on Christmas Day – cute but un-cool. 
For un-fashionable, think chunky cardigans – warm and un-cool

So we want to be:

·                    Not warm – think not sweaty
·                    Not excited – think not panicked
·                    Not unfashionable – this isn’t the same as fashionable but rather a timeless stylishness, which is, of course, completely different.

The cool operator is relaxed and in control.  In a crisis they don’t rush about screaming, but rather implement safety procedures and calmly and smoothly handle the situation.  They are cool.  They keep their heads and their composure.  And invariably these are the people who others will turn to in a difficult situation.  You don’t want someone who panics; you want someone cool, calm and collected.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Speak Well as CEO” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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