Rule 95: Don’t give too much away

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Nigeria's Abuja based Politician & Philantropist, Hajia  Zuwaira Gambo 


It is probably advisable not to tell anyone that you:

·                    Intend applying for a new position within the company
·                    Intend applying for a new job outside of the company
·                    Are thinking of leaving anyway
·                    Are thinking of asking for a pay rise

·                    Are thinking of changing your working schedules
·                    Are a rules Player. 


Don’t blab to anyone of anything you are doing.  It might be seen as bragging – a Rules Player never brags about anything.  We are quiet humility itself – or it might give rise to gossip and we know the rule about that, don’t we.  And the truth is that even if you only tell one person, things leak out.  They tell their closest friend and they tell theirs.  And so on it goes until you are being hauled before the boss and interrogated as to why you are leaving next Monday when all you had done was say you were thinking about it to Susan in the canteen.  If you do reveal stuff about yourself you are liable to:

·                    Chinese whispers (is it PC to still call it that, and if not, what do we call it now?)
·                    Rumor, gossip and an opportunity for others to possibly use it against you

“DON’T EVEN ALLOW YOURSELF THE PRIVILEGE OF THINKING OUT LOUD.  KEEP YOUR OWN COUNSEL AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG”.
·                    Give the opposition an unfair advantage
·                    Give the management information they shouldn’t be privy to at this stage.

  “No, this is not lying; it is throwing them off the scent.  Don’t lie, but you can be circumspect, devious, inventive, creative, and eccentric and you are allowed to set up a decoy”.

Don’t even allow yourself the privilege of thinking out loud.  Keep your own counsel and you won’t go far wrong. What you intend doing is entirely up to you.  If you need information and anyone asks you why you need it, invent something entirely bogus.  No, this is not lying; it is throwing them off the scent.  Don’t lie, but you can be circumspect, devious, inventive, creative, and eccentric and you are allowed to set up a decoy.

If someone asks you directly if you are thinking about applying for a particular position you can always brush it off, ‘Oh, always thinking about applying’. Does this mean yes or no?  Remember don’t lie, don’t say, ‘No’, when it is plainly untrue and will be seen to be such when you do apply.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to keep your ear to the ground” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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