Rule 2: Don’t try to be Oga’s good boy at all times

Celebrity Journalist, Biola Aloba & a female Friend 

Most
people go into work each day with only one thought – getting through to going
home on time. During their day they will do whatever they have to, to arrive at
that magic time.  You won’t.  You won’t stand still.  Having got the job it seems enough for most
people that they will just do it and thus remain static.  But doing the job isn’t the end game for you
– it is merely a means to the end.  And
the end for you is promotion, more money, success, getting on and up, amassing
the contacts and experience to set out on your own, whatever it is that is on
your wish list – see Rule 3.  The job, in a way, is an irrelevance.

Yes,
you have to do the work.  And yes, you
have to do it supremely well.  But your
eye should already be on the next step and every activity you indulge in at
work should be merely a cog in your plan to move up.
While
others are thinking of their next tea break or how to get through the afternoon
without actually having to do any work, you will be busy planning and executing
your next maneuver.  In an ideal world
the Rules Player will have got their work done by lunchtime, so that they have
the afternoon free; to study for the next promotion, to assess the competition
amongst close colleagues, to write the unsolicited reports to get their work
noticed, to research ways to improve the work process for everyone, to further
their knowledge of company procedures and history.

“IN AN IDEAL WORLD THE RULES PLAYER WILL HAVE GOT THEIR WORK DONE BY
LUNCHTIME, SO THAT THEY HAVE THE AFTERNOON FREE”.

If
you can’t get your work done by lunchtime then you will have to fit all these
things into and around the work.  What
the competition will be doing is not doing them.  But you don’t stand still.  Never accept that doing the job is enough.  That’s for the others.  You will be moving right along preparing,
studying, analyzing and learning.
We
talked earlier about the manager’s walk; well, that’s what you’ll be doing,
practicing the manager’s walk – or whoever’s walk it is you need to
master.  You have to see promotion – or
whatever else it is you want – as a movement. 
You keep moving or you grow moss. You have to have movement or you grow
stagnant.  You have to like movement or
you grow roots.
Movement
requires of you that you don’t sit on your backside and do nothing – don’t
stand still.
 (Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to conquer
eye-service syndrome”
from The Rules
tomorrow on Asabeafrika)




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