Monday, 12 September 2016

Rule 45: Never cover up for anyone else


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Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) Boss,  Babatunde Fowler 


Being a Rules Player means you are aiming for perfection, that you are setting extremely high standards for yourself.  Others will not have these standards – obviously they won’t be as successful as you because of this – but they may well try to either get you to lower yours or to involve you in their shenanigans.  What do you do? Again be happy with a simple default setting – you don’t cover up for anyone, ever, under any circumstances.

This way it is simple.  You don’t have to think about this. You have no choices or decisions to make. You know exactly where you stand.  You have let your colleagues know exactly where they stand.  You have let your boss know that you won’t cover for anyone; therefore, you are above suspicion, trustworthy, reliable, beyond reproach.

If you do decide to cover for others it complicates your life so much that it can’t really be worth it.  For instance, do you only cover for close colleagues or anyone who asks?  Do you only cover for small incidents or the big ones?  What about covering for fraud?  Criminal negligence?  What do you say and do when you get found out? How do you explain it to your family when you get sacked?


  “Do you only cover for small incidents or the big ones?  What about covering for fraud?  Criminal negligence?  What do you say and do when you get found out? How do you explain it to your family when you get sacked?”

How do you handle it when asked to cover up for a close colleague who might well be a friend as well?  You can be fairly assertive and just say ‘No’ – you don’t have to explain.  Or you can soften the blow by saying ‘Please don’t ask me, I would have to say no if you do’, to give them a get-out clause and save their face.

Once you have done this, it gets easier once you’ve established a reputation for not covering up.  The hardest bit is ignoring the emotional blackmail that often accompanies a request to cover up for someone. But in reality that is quite easy to ignore in the sense that if they think so little of you to use this technique, then why the hell shouldn’t you turn them down?  They have already cooked their goose by using such an approach on you.

If they put pressure on you, adopt the stuck record technique and just keep saying ‘No, I can’t, please don’t ask.  No, I can’t, please don’t ask’.  They’ll crack before you. Always remember that a real friend will never ask you to cover up for them.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Keep Records” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

Gbenga Dan Asabe

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