Rule 66: Talk of ‘we’ rather than ‘i’

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Herbal Clinser Expert & Therapist, Dr. Quincy Ayodele of  Quincy Herbals with hubby, Engineer John Ayodele 

I once worked for a boss who asked who we worked for.  We said:

  • ·                    Ourselves
  • ·                    Our families
  • ·                    Our bank managers
  • ·                    Our self esteem
  • ·                    Our boss
  • ·                    The management
  • ·                    The company board of directors
  • ·                    The customers
  • ·                    The inland revenue
  • ·                    The government.

He said a polite ‘No’ to all of these.  He explained we worked for the shareholders.  That’s it.  That’s who you work for. Now go and buy some of your company’s shares.  Now you work for yourself.  Now you can start to say ‘we’ and ‘us’ instead of ‘me’ and ‘I’ and that sort of thing.


You are now a shareholder so when you have to talk about company procedure you can think how it will affect us, the shareholders – and not them, the staff (of whom you used to be one, not so very long ago).

“IF YOU GO TO MEETINGS IT IS SO MUCH MORE GROWN UP (AND COOL) TO TALK OF WE INSTEAD OF I”.

It you go to meetings it is so much more grown up (and cool) to talk of we instead of I.

If we are going to implement this new procedure, we need to appraise the junior staff’s reaction first’; instead of ‘I think this sucks’.

‘We ought to prioritize some time for talking about the exhibition’ – instead of ‘I’m panicking, this bloody exhibition is only two weeks away and I’ve done nothing’.

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

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