In Corporate world, Sometimes, no matter how well you do your job, things don’t always work out the way you want them to. Your colleagues can mistake you for competition and bring you into situations that you never wanted to be. Here are some tips for surviving the corporate world. These may not be everything you need to know, but they’ll come in handy for dealing with your colleagues and managers.
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- 1.It pays to be nice
- 2. Be nice to people on the way up
- 3. Don’t hire/do business with friends
- 4. You know those people you find annoying?
- 5. Don’t criticize work or anyone in the hallways and doorways
- 6. Politics exist
- 7. Make your boss look and feel good
- 8. Document your learning. Document your wins
- 9. Train another to do your job.
- 10. Be reliable
- 11. Make friends with secretaries; PA’s and all
- 12. Don’t look worried
- 13. Assume a ‘cloak’ of leadership in tough times
- 14. When emotional
- 15. There is no such thing as compartmentalizing ethics.
- 16. Everything communicates.
- 17. Don’t Confuse your Identity
- 18. Build connections
- 19. Encourage feedback
- 20. Offer recognition and always share success
1.It pays to be nice
Not to be smart. No one likes a smart-ass. It gets you nowhere.
2. Be nice to people on the way up
Or it is real shitty on the way down
3. Don’t hire/do business with friends
Don’t hire employees or friends.It mostly ends badly. Hire people who believe in the vision and want to partner because it makes them feel alive to be apart of something bigger than them or us.Never forget that relationships in business should be business relationships. You may have a friend or lover at work, but the relationship will end the moment the opportunity to advance in the business is placed between you and your friend or lover. By the way, keep romance outside of the workplace.
4. You know those people you find annoying?
Don’t tell anybody about those people
5. Don’t criticize work or anyone in the hallways and doorways
Someone is always listening …
6. Politics exist
Understand that politics is a fact of corporate life, and learn to deal with it. That means you take the time to understand the views of the people involved in corporate conflicts, as well as the conflicts themselves. There will be times when you have to choose between being in the right or being employed. It’s your choice. So play the game. Attend some events. Brush some shoulders
7. Make your boss look and feel good
He’s the one that will promote you. Not your colleague.Understand what your boss regards as a priority, and help him or she accomplish it. Make sure that you document what you’ve done. Your boss needs the accomplishment, but shouldn’t get the credit for the work you’ve done.
8. Document your learning. Document your wins
It’ll help as you move forward
9. Train another to do your job.
In the months, you look to move forward. You won’t be able to get a promotion if there’s no one else to take your job.
10. Be reliable
Do what you say you will do. It will be remembered. Make your word your bond. Contracts are important but your word is more so. Let your yes mean yes and no mean no always. The spirit of the deal is just as important as the words of the deal. Never dishonor yourself.
11. Make friends with secretaries; PA’s and all
They will get you out of holes and tight spots one day
12. Don’t look worried
Ever. Leaders look ‘cool’ in the face of pressure
13. Assume a ‘cloak’ of leadership in tough times
Subtly. People will notice
14. When emotional
Take a moment. Then speak/send that email/text
15. There is no such thing as compartmentalizing ethics.
You can not cheat on your wife or taxes but be honest and trustworthy at the office. Fix your character flaws. We all have them. Master them or they will master you.
Make your weakness your strength.
16. Everything communicates.
How you dress, how you stand, how you speak, etc. If you want to succeed in a corporate environment, you have to communicate that you are the kind of employee that represents the corporate success story.
17. Don’t Confuse your Identity
It’s a mistake to confuse your personal identity with your employment. If and when you’re sacked, you’ll be spending quite a bit of time trying to figure out who you are. Have a life outside a corporate life.
18. Build connections
Both managers and leaders know their job with their teams is about building lots of connections. They make people feel they have a stake in common problems.
19. Encourage feedback
Focus on building team confidence by publicly recognizing their efforts and achievements. Think of it this way; anything is possible if you share the glory. Giving others a chance to claim credit is an easy, and effective, way to magnify results.
Always remember, Corporate offices are not democracies, not charities, and not therapy centers. They exist to make money, and they hired you to help them make money. That’s the deal.Keep that in mind every day, keep your emotions in check, do your job, and if you find you don’t like working there anymore, don’t complain – just keep it professional, and move on.