Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Rule 97: Make the opposition seem irreplaceable


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Lagos Society Woman & Hotelier, Chief (Mrs.) Alake Oshun  


We have looked at why you can’t indulge in any back-stabbing – Rule 92: Don’t back-stab – and you know you can’t say anything bad about anyone – Rule 31: If you can’t say anything nice – shut up – but all the same, one of the competition is getting in a bit too close with the boss and it looks like that promotion might just go their way. 
What do you do?  You make them seem irreplaceable of course. But you do it by pointing out all the important but mundane jobs they do.  You point out their strengths to your boss in the boring, humdrum area.  ‘God, I don’t know what we’d do without Rachael to do the filing.  She must be a Virgo; she’s so good at that sort of stuff’.  But you are only going to point out things that your rival is genuinely good at.  We are not going to lieRule 31: Never lie – but merely praise the completion for a particular skill; and a skill that they can best exercise right where they are.


 “You haven’t lied.  You had indirectly flattered your customer – the implication being, ‘You obviously need a much more up-market executive car than those shoddy little boxes they sell next door”

Your boss is your customer – you sell your services to them.  Your colleagues are the competition.  If you were selling cars and someone asked if the next garage sold better cars, what would you say?  You wouldn’t say, ‘Yes, they sell much better cars than us – and chapter, in fact you ought to go straight there and buy one of theirs right now’.  But you also wouldn’t say anything bad – ‘Their cars are all stolen’ – but you might well say, ‘Their cars are fine but they appeal to a different customer, they sell more family saloons than us’.  You haven’t lied.  You had indirectly flattered your customer – the implication being, ‘You obviously need a much more up-market executive car than those shoddy little boxes they sell next door’ – but you haven’t said anything bad.

“YOUR BOSS IS YOUR CUSTOMER. YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE THE COMPETITION”.

You can also get your rival colleague to ask questions of themselves about the new position: ‘If you did get Richard’s job how do you think you’d cope with all those meetings?  I remember you telling me you hated meetings’. Hopefully she’ll think about all those dreary interminable, intimidating meetings and may well back off.  You, on the other hand, find them stimulating, exciting and very productive – and you haven’t said anything bad, merely asked a simple question.  You’ll get them to want to stay right where they are – they’ll make themselves irreplaceable.

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “damning the opposition with faint praise” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)


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