Monday, 17 October 2016

Rule 50: Assume everyone else is playing by different rules


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So we know what rules you are following, but what about other people?  What are their standards?  What rule book are they following, what drum beat do they march to?  Chances are they are making it up as they go along. This makes them unpredictable and erratic.

Not everybody will have your high standards of honesty and morality.  Obviously, some people are kind and dignified – just like you – and are still able to climb the corporate ladder.  But there are equally lots out there whose rules are suspect.

The rule book you now have must remain a secret.  If you reveal your rules you have broken the rules. If you assume that everyone else is playing by different rules you won’t go far wrong. You don’t have to assume that their rules are the same as yours or better you will be constantly let down, disappointed, disillusioned, saddened and upset.

“THE RULE BOOK YOU NOW HAVE MUST REMAIN A SECRET.  IF YOU REVEAL YOUR RULES YOU HAVE BROKEN THE RULES”.

If you assume their rules are worse than yours you will grow mistrustful, apprehensive, paranoid, suspicious and skeptical.


“If you assume their rules are worse than yours you will grow mistrustful, apprehensive, paranoid, suspicious and skeptical”.

Assuming that their rules are different without assuming what those rules are keeps you open and receptive, cautious but expectant, approachable but not overly trustful, responsive but not gullible.


It’s a bit like being a martial arts exponent:
·                    You are alert and prepared, but not muscle bound or aggressive.
·                    You remain flexible and fluid and can move like a cat and dodge whatever is thrown your way without ever adopting a belligerent stance.
·                    You are ready for anything by being grounded and centered.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to know the Corporate Culture” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)


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