Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Rule 72: Don’t take sides


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Nigeria's Abuja based Female Politician and Philantropist,  Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo


If you take side, then you are part of the argument, the fight, the dispute, the disagreement.  You have to remain totally objective and firmly in the middle.  Stay on the fence whatever you do, because if you don’t, then one side will blame you as well as the person they were arguing with originally.  Whatever the case up for discussion you need to:

·                    Take a long-term view


·                    See it from the company’s point of view
·                    Remain impartial
·                    Remain calm
·                    Be the diplomat
·                    Not take sides
·                    Stay independent

The more detached you appear to be, the more senior you will come across.  If you jump in with your boots on and take sides, you run the risk of making an enemy as well as being seen as hot headed.

The difficulty is when a friend is embroiled in a row with another less close colleague.  Your friend will invariably turn to you and try to drag you in, ‘Oh, for God’s sake, tell her I’m right will you Rich?’
“STAY ON THE FENCE WHATEVER YOU DO, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, THEN ONE SIDE WILL BLAME YOU AS WELL AS THE PERSON THEY WERE ARGUING WITH ORIGINALLY”.
You can’t afford to be dragged in.  You will have to hold your hands up defensively and say, ‘Don’t involve me.  If you two can’t sort this out sensibly and without arguing I will send you both to your room’.  Here you have:
·                    Made a joke of it thus lessening the tension
·                    Indicated that you are senior to both of them
·                    emained uninvolved
·                    Not taken sides.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “Knowing when to keep your opinion to yourself” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)


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