Rule 18: Be Cool

Football Specialist, Anthony Kojo Williams

You
don’t wear a red nose on red nose day. 
You don’t dress up in fancy dress no matter what.  You don’t alter your impeccable style for
anything or anyone.  You remain aloof
from all that office nonsense.  Will this
get you a reputation as stand-offish? 
Arrogant? Self important?  Who cares?
It will make you cool and that is all that is important.  Save the red nose for the weekends when it
doesn’t matter who sees you.  Remain
civilized and sophisticated at all times.

Let’s
face it you are there to do a job. 
That’s what they pay you for.  You
ain’t there to make a fool of yourself. 
Just so long as you do that job – and do it well – the way you do it is
up to you.  You can choose to get
involved in all the social side of the office or you can remain one step
removed.  This makes you one step away
from your colleagues and thus one step nearer to being their manager.

“None of this means
you can’t have a laugh and joke with your work mates; just don’t get so
friendly or personal that it would become impossible to promote you above
them.  If you are going to be their boss
soon then it pays to keep a little bit of distance”

None
of this means you can’t have a laugh and joke with your work mates; just don’t
get so friendly or personal that it would become impossible to promote you
above them.  If you are going to be their
boss soon then it pays to keep a little bit of distance. And you do this by
being cool.
If
you don’t know what cool is try typing in cool into your word processor and
then using the Thesaurus option look
for antonyms.  You get: warm, excited,
unfashionable.  For warm, think sweaty
hands – un-cool. 

“REMAIN
CIVILIZED AND SOPHISTICATED AT ALL TIMES”.

For
excited, think small boy on Christmas Day – cute but un-cool. 
For
un-fashionable, think chunky cardigans – warm and un-cool
So
we want to be:
·                   
Not
warm – think not sweaty
·                   
Not
excited – think not panicked
·                   
Not
unfashionable – this isn’t the same as fashionable but rather a timeless
stylishness, which is, of course, completely different.
The
cool operator is relaxed and in control. 
In a crisis they don’t rush about screaming, but rather implement safety
procedures and calmly and smoothly handle the situation.  They are cool.  They keep their heads and their
composure.  And invariably these are the
people who others will turn to in a difficult situation.  You don’t want someone who panics; you want
someone cool, calm and collected.
(Excerpts from THE
RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Speak Well as CEO” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)









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