Rule 51: Blend in first…

Billionaire Business Magnate Oba Otudeko with former  Nigerian First Lady, Patience Janathan 
No
one likes a black sheep or a white crow or a fish that swims in a different
direction to the rest of the shoal.  Rule
50
teaches you how to blend in, become ‘one of them’ so you don’t stand out as an outsider.  You might stand out as being the leader of
the pack – better, more efficient – but you’ll still be ‘one of us’ because you know how to play the ‘blending in’ game.

                         And know the corporate culture
Every
corporation, company, industry or even small office has a culture.  Knowing what that culture is gives you the
edge, the key to success.  Knowledge is
power.
The
culture is how their people do things. This culture is sometimes company led,
but mostly people generated – it grows organically and without plan or
strategy. If you don’t know this culture – or fail to make use of it – you can
end up looking foolish and are then easy to take advantage of, or be belittled.
Bear
in mind that around 70 percent of all dismissals are not because someone
couldn’t do their job properly, but because they didn’t know the corporate
culture – they didn’t fit in.
Consider
this advert for a pretty big prestigious design studio – the BMD.  When Bruce Mau, the owner of this
company, wanted to recruit new staff, he put out a quiz with some 40 questions,
including, ‘who made a film consisting of
nothing but the color blue?’

“YOU DON’T
HAVE TO BUY INTO THE CORPORATE CULTURE – YOU DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE IN IT – ALL
YOU HAVE TO DO IS FIT IN”.

Bruce headed the advert, ‘Avoid fields.  Jump fences’.  As a result of this, he lured some of the
best, most talented top designers to come and work for him or with him, as he
describes his working relationship with his staff.
Now
what sort of corporate culture do you think Bruce expects, wants,
gets?  How would you fit in?  What do you think Bruce would expect of
you?
You
don’t have to buy into the corporate culture – you don’t have to believe in it
– all you have to do is fit in.  If they
all play golf, then you play golf.  I
know you hate golf, but you will play golf – if that’s what it takes to fit in.
Now you may, of course, question whether you want to fit in.  You may question whether playing golf is
where you want to be.  But if you are a
Rules Player and you want to get on and be successful and you also want to be
part of a particular company where playing golf is the corporate culture – then
play it you must.


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(Excerpts from THE
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