Thursday, 15 December 2016

Rule 88: Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas


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FamousLagos Dr. Tunde Soleye (R) with a friend 


When your boss says he wants to improve customer relations and you should all go on a course to learn how to smile don’t be fooled. It’s nothing to do with smiling at customers.  Your boss is coming up for appraisal time and needs to look good, needs to appear as if there is some drive, initiative and motivation.

So you’ll all troop and do the course and try to take it all in and practice your smile.  What for?  Your boss couldn’t give two monkeys whether you smile at the customers or not.  All they want is to shine at their appraisal.


This sort of thing goes on a lot more at work than most people like to think. Once, I volunteered to attend college every Monday to do a course in payroll and double entry book keeping. My boss thought I was keen, self motivated and very enthusiastic. Nonsense. I wanted to get out of the office every Monday because that was the day we had to do all the filing and I hated it.  Going to college seemed a good get-out.

 “Question the motives of everyone and everything. This doesn’t mean you have to become paranoid. No one is out to get you.  All you need to do is watch out for the hidden agenda”

Question the motives of everyone and everything. This doesn’t mean you have to become paranoid. No one is out to get you.  All you need to do is watch out for the hidden agenda.  It might not affect you in any way but it will be fun to spot what is really going on.

I once worked for a boss who always liked to be the last to leave.  I thought him conscientious and industrious.  It was only when he had been arrested for fraud that I realized that staying, after everyone else had gone, was his opportunity to fiddle the books. And there was little old admiring his keen spirit could do.

Always ask:

·                    Why is this happening?
·                    Is there anything I am missing?
·                    Who benefits from this?
·                    How are they benefiting?
·                    What else could be going on?
·                    Can I benefit from this?
·                    How?

As I said don’t get paranoid, get the facts.
 (Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to cultivate the favorites of the company” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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