Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Rule 41: Look after yourself

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Nigerian Billionaire Chief Sunny Odogwu (Ide Ahaba of  Asaba)
Most people you deal with are probably decent and good to be around.  However, there are always a few who aren’t.  You can’t avoid them – the bastards, the jealous colleagues, the ones who will take any opportunity to stab you in the back or do you down. 
They’ll shoot you down in flames at any chance they get.  Make sure that your new image doesn’t make you a target.  This rule is about minimizing enemies and staying one jump ahead.  As you get more successful it is often a sort of organic process that you attract jealousy and envy.  By practicing this rule you will avoid this and look after yourself – especially your back.

               …And know the ethics of your industry

So, what do you do for a living?  I don’t mean the actual job.  I mean what contribution do you make to society?  Is your contribution positive, beneficial, healthy?  Or is it detrimental, negative, and damaging?  What does your industry do?  How much a part of that industry are you?  Have you considered the ethics of your industry?

“You have to implant the idea of the whistle blower – ‘Hey what would they do with this?’  This way you will be one of the company people while still playing the ethics card”. 

What do we mean by ethics?  Ethics are the morals of your industry – the right and wrongs, the good and bad.  Is your industry a good thing or a bad thing?  Does it hurt or heal?  Is it putting something positive into society or merely taking something out?

No, you don’t have to walk out if you have just suddenly decided that your own particular industry stinks.  What you can do is work from the inside to change things.  I don’t think we’re talking environmental issues here, although I am aware that they may be of concern to a lot of us.  Instead, I want you to concentrate on what your industry does morally.

Obviously, if you do decide that your industry is unjustified in its approach – and this happened to me and I walked and you simply cannot live with it, then you have to get out.  This is good karma and you gain benefit even if you do lose out financially.  Within your industry there will be good bits and bad bits.  Occasionally, you will be asked to cross the line and do bad things.  Obviously, you will have read Rule 42: set personal standards but this is about helping set standards for your industry rather than personal ones.  You have to point out that morally, ethically, what you are being asked to do is bad for the company.  Constantly say, ‘what would the press do if they got hold of this?’  And offer them a suitable headline: ‘Scrooge Ltd replaces sacked workers with Asian sweatshop labor’.

Yes, you can be as assertive as you like and refuse, but you might just get labeled then as a wimp who is frightened to get their hands dirty – no guts, that sort of thing.  No, you have to point out the ramifications for the company.  You have to implant the idea of the whistle blower – ‘Hey what would they do with this?’  This way you will be one of the company people while still playing the ethics card.  You will be one of us and one of them all at the same time.

To do all this, you have to know the ethics of your industry and know what its contribution is.  Do your research now.

 (Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to spot the legalities of your industry” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)
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