Rule 69: Get people to assume you have already made the step

Lagos Business Woman & Founder, First Royal Oil & Gas,  Princess Rose Omolara Osipitan 
Act
like a general manager and people will accept you as one.  Act like an office junior and that’s what
people will think you are.  So how are we
going to get people to make this assumption?

·                   
Be
confident and assertive and sound mature:
‘Yes, we can do that – I’ll make sure we get on to that immediately’.


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·                   
If
you come to work wearing trainers and a track suit you won’t command the same
respect as you would if you wore a smart business suit and looked the part.
·                   
If
you talk of ‘I’ and refer every
problem back to how it affects you – ‘I’
can’t work through my lunch break, I’m entitled to my honor off
’ – instead
of ‘we’ and seeing things from the
company’s point of view, what’s best for the whole organization – ‘we need to pull together here, I’m happy to
work through the lunch break to help us get this problem solved’.
“Basically what you
have to do is get people to recognize you as a heavyweight and not a
lightweight.  Be serious, mature, grown
up and adult.  This doesn’t mean you have
to be a geek, a nerd, a swot, a good-goody or a bore”.
·                   
If
you talk about what you watched on telly
last night and where you are going on holiday and what you are going to do at
the weekend, you come across as more lightweight – and thus junior – than if
you talked about company issues, what your department’s plans are for the
future, how the rise in interest rates is going to affect business over the
next few months and what you are going to do about exchange rates and the Euro.
Basically
what you have to do is get people to recognize you as a heavyweight and not a
lightweight.  Be serious, mature, grown
up and adult.  This doesn’t mean you have
to be a geek, a nerd, a swot, a good-goody or a bore.  You can still take a joke, enjoy a laugh,
smile, be light hearted and jovial, be fun and full of beans.  You need to project a mature but fun
image.  You need to make people aware
that you:
·                   
Know
the job
·                   
Are
experienced
·                   
Are
serious
·                   
Are
reliable and responsible
·                   
Are
trustworthy
·                   
Are
the job you want to be.
So,
take to sauntering around the place looking suave and cool and being very
stylish and gown up make the appropriate noises and make sure that when you get
offered the job you are after that you can already do it.
(Excerpts from THE
RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Prepare for the step after next’” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)







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