Rule 76: Never get personal

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Famous Nigerian Talking Drummer & Musician, Aralola  Olumuyiwa 


It is their behavior that is wrong or annoying or detrimental to the department.  It is never them.  And it is never annoying to you, only to the good of the department. 
The key way to remember this is a dreadful new age thing that crept in from American parenting stuff.  They say, ‘she isn’t a naughty girl; she’s a good girl who has done a naughty thing’.  Yuk.  Or how about, ‘He is a good boy who has done a bad thing?’


This sets the scene though.  It isn’t the person, it is their behavior.  You never ever get personal.

“Remember what we said about sticking up for junior members of staff or the underdog or anyone that everyone else is having a go at?  Well, your boss is the same.  You always stick up for them – no matter what”.

You can criticize:
·                    The way they do their job
·                    Their time keeping, their attitude
·                    Their motivation
·                    Their communication skills
·                    Their long-term goals
·                    Their focus
·                    Their knowledge of office procedures
·                    Their appreciation of company policy
·                    Their inter-personal skills
·                    Their productivity output.

But you can’t ever say they are a lazy, ignorant, good for nothing, lying, thieving bitching bastard.  Oh no.  Not ever.  They may need re-training, relocating, re-educating, re-directing, re-motivating but never being told exactly what you really, really think of them. Getting personal will get you sacked at worst and lose you respect and friends at best.

 “GETTING PERSONAL WILL GET YOU SACKED AT WORST AND LOSE YOU RSPECT AND FRIENDS AT BEST”.

The same goes for your boss.  You may know they are useless, incompetent, corrupt and stupid.  But can you say so?  No.  Not even to colleagues.  Remember what we said about sticking up for junior members of staff or the underdog or anyone that everyone else is having a go at?  Well, your boss is the same.  You always stick up for them – no matter what.  You do not get personal about them, with them or around them.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “The Art of handling other people’s anger” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)


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