Rule 89: Know the favorites and cultivate them

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Every boss has a favorite. I know they/we shouldn’t, but it is human nature. It goes on because we/they are all human and even parents have favorites although they would never admit it.

There are two parts to this rule:
·                    If favoritism is going on – and it will be – make sure you are your boss’s favorite.
·                    Make sure you know all the favorites in other departments.


If you have got a boss who is going to have favorites, you can buck the system or try being the favorite.  If you do become a favorite, don’t for heaven’s sake flaunt it amongst your colleagues. Be self-effacing and deny it, be humble and don’t acknowledge it, be modest and pretend it ain’t going on.

 “To get to be a favorite has to depend on skill, presence, charisma, talent, expertise, experience, likeability, charm, personal affability. It must never depend on brown nosing, fawning, obsequiousness, toadying, slime or smarming up to the boss”

To get to be a favorite has to depend on skill, presence, charisma, talent, expertise, experience, likeability, charm, personal affability. It must never depend on brown nosing, fawning, obsequiousness, toadying, slime or smarming up to the boss.  You have to earn being a favorite, not warm your way in.  If you do, you will be hated by your colleagues.  If you genuinely deserve it because you are dependable or reliable or efficient or honest, then your colleagues will just about put up with it.

Spotting the favorites in other departments should be fairly easy.  They will be treated pretty much as you are.  They will:
·                    Get the first pick on the holiday rota
·                    Be trusted, a confidante
·                    Be invited to meetings
·                    Get the prestigious jobs and the perks
·                    Be chatted to by the boss rather than being barked at.

Once spotted, make a friend of them.  This way you will know what is going on, be in with the in-crowd, have the ear of the boss of other departments and you have joined the elite.  If, on the other hand, you really disapprove of favoritism do none of this.
(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to read the Mission Statement” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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