Friday, 18 November 2016

Rule 69: Get people to assume you have already made the step


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Lagos Business Woman & Founder, First Royal Oil & Gas,  Princess Rose Omolara Osipitan 


Act like a general manager and people will accept you as one.  Act like an office junior and that’s what people will think you are.  So how are we going to get people to make this assumption?


·                    Be confident and assertive and sound mature: ‘Yes, we can do that – I’ll make sure we get on to that immediately’.


·                    If you come to work wearing trainers and a track suit you won’t command the same respect as you would if you wore a smart business suit and looked the part.

·                    If you talk of ‘I’ and refer every problem back to how it affects you – ‘I’ can’t work through my lunch break, I’m entitled to my honor off’ – instead of ‘we’ and seeing things from the company’s point of view, what’s best for the whole organization – ‘we need to pull together here, I’m happy to work through the lunch break to help us get this problem solved’.

“Basically what you have to do is get people to recognize you as a heavyweight and not a lightweight.  Be serious, mature, grown up and adult.  This doesn’t mean you have to be a geek, a nerd, a swot, a good-goody or a bore”.
·                    If you talk about what you watched on telly last night and where you are going on holiday and what you are going to do at the weekend, you come across as more lightweight – and thus junior – than if you talked about company issues, what your department’s plans are for the future, how the rise in interest rates is going to affect business over the next few months and what you are going to do about exchange rates and the Euro.

Basically what you have to do is get people to recognize you as a heavyweight and not a lightweight.  Be serious, mature, grown up and adult.  This doesn’t mean you have to be a geek, a nerd, a swot, a good-goody or a bore.  You can still take a joke, enjoy a laugh, smile, be light hearted and jovial, be fun and full of beans.  You need to project a mature but fun image.  You need to make people aware that you:
·                    Know the job
·                    Are experienced
·                    Are serious
·                    Are reliable and responsible
·                    Are trustworthy
·                    Are the job you want to be.

So, take to sauntering around the place looking suave and cool and being very stylish and gown up make the appropriate noises and make sure that when you get offered the job you are after that you can already do it.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Prepare for the step after next’” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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