Rule 50: Assume everyone else is playing by different rules

Lagos-Nigeria’s Fashion buff, Lanre Ogunlesi & Wife, Folu 
So
we know what rules you are following, but what about other people?  What are their standards?  What rule book are they following, what drum
beat do they march to?  Chances are they
are making it up as they go along. This makes them unpredictable and erratic.

Not
everybody will have your high standards of honesty and morality.  Obviously, some people are kind and dignified
– just like you – and are still able to climb the corporate ladder.  But there are equally lots out there whose
rules are suspect.
The
rule book you now have must remain a secret. 
If you reveal your rules you have broken the rules. If you assume that
everyone else is playing by different rules you won’t go far wrong. You don’t
have to assume that their rules are the same as yours or better you will be
constantly let down, disappointed, disillusioned, saddened and upset.

“THE RULE
BOOK YOU NOW HAVE MUST REMAIN A SECRET. 
IF YOU REVEAL YOUR RULES YOU HAVE BROKEN THE RULES”.

If
you assume their rules are worse than yours you will grow mistrustful,
apprehensive, paranoid, suspicious and skeptical.

“If you assume their
rules are worse than yours you will grow mistrustful, apprehensive, paranoid,
suspicious and skeptical”.

Assuming
that their rules are different without assuming what those rules are keeps you
open and receptive, cautious but expectant, approachable but not overly
trustful, responsive but not gullible.


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It’s
a bit like being a martial arts exponent:
·                   
You
are alert and prepared, but not muscle bound or aggressive.
·                   
You
remain flexible and fluid and can move like a cat and dodge whatever is thrown
your way without ever adopting a belligerent stance.
·                   
You
are ready for anything by being grounded and centered.
(Excerpts from THE
RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to know the Corporate Culture” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)
















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