I\u2019ve also seen a handful of people who\u2013regardless of education, intelligence, manners, appearance or other obvious factors\u2013have had the knack of rising steadily through the ranks and the staying on top through both fat and lean times. They were people who, either consciously or instinctively, knew the art of political survival.
There are hundreds of rules our society tells us to accept blindly andn ev er question. Rules so ingrained in most of us since childhood, we don\u2019t even feel the crippling limitations they impose on our daily life. Rules such as these:
The best way to deal with other people is to treat them as you would like to be
treated. (Did anybody ever ask you to treat them the way you like to be treated?
Sure it\u2019s the golden rule, but nine times out of ten it\u2019s just as bad for others as it
that keeps most of today\u2019s executives tripping over themselves to avoid offending other
people. I advocate acting aggressively and effectively\u2013something that, in the end,
include based on a roster of your department and allied departments. Include every- one with whom you\u2019ll be likely to interact on the job. (A company phone list is a great tool for this purpose.)
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?