Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Rule 62: Talk one step ahead


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Nigeria's Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo


How does your boss talk?  I assume it is their job you want.  If it ain’t whose job is it?  Or have I been wasting my time here?  Come on, whose job do you want?  Let’s start with the boss.  How does your boss talk?

What do I mean – how do they talk?  I’ll explain.  It isn’t their accent or pronunciation – how they sound – but the content, what they say.  I bet you talk in terms of ‘I’ whereas your boss will probably use ‘we’ much more.  You might speak from a worker’s point of view, whereas they will speak on behalf of the company.



The more senior you go the less likely you are to:
·                    Chatter inanely
·                    Gossip
·                    Swear
·                    Talk about last night’s TV or any other issues that have no relevance to the work being done – bosses tend to be much more focused and less inclined to waste time.
·                    Rabbit on – bosses tend to be more thoughtful and pause before speaking (or at least the good ones do).


“When I say aloof I do not mean arrogant. I’m sure you will have encountered lots of managers who make this simple mistake.  Arrogance has no place at work.  Arrogance is conceit and fake importance”

So if you are going to talk one step up, you need to be more thoughtful, talk about issues that are relevant, talk in terms of ‘we’ rather than ‘I’, be focused and dynamic, keep personal details to yourself – bosses don’t chatter or gossip about their social lives.

I guess what you have to do is be the grown-up and speak to the other workers as children.  You become aloof and slightly withdrawn, mature and responsible, dependable and conscientious.

When I say aloof I do not mean arrogant. I’m sure you will have encountered lots of managers who make this simple mistake.  Arrogance has no place at work.  Arrogance is conceit and fake importance.  Aloofness is being slightly withdrawn, being detached, being superior by dint of experience, skill and natural ability.


“BE FOCUSED AND DYNAMIC, KEEP PERSONAL DETAILS TO YOURSELF – BOSSES DON’T CHATTER OR GOSSIP ABOUT THEIR SOCIAL LIVES”.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Act One Step Ahead” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)


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