Rule 76: Never get personal

Famous Nigerian Talking Drummer & Musician, Aralola  Olumuyiwa 
It
is their behavior that is wrong or annoying or detrimental to the
department.  It is never them.  And it is never annoying to you, only to the
good of the department. 

The key way to
remember this is a dreadful new age thing that crept in from American parenting stuff.  They say, ‘she
isn’t a
naughty girl; she’s a good
girl who has done a naughty thing’
. 
Yuk.  Or how about, ‘He is a good boy who has done a bad thing?’


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This
sets the scene though.  It isn’t the
person, it is their behavior.  You never
ever get personal.

“Remember what we said about sticking up for
junior members of staff or the underdog or anyone that everyone else is having
a go at?  Well, your boss is the
same.  You always stick up for them – no
matter what”.

You
can criticize:
·                   
The
way they do their job
·                   
Their
time keeping, their attitude
·                   
Their
motivation
·                   
Their
communication skills
·                   
Their
long-term goals
·                   
Their
focus
·                   
Their
knowledge of office procedures
·                   
Their
appreciation of company policy
·                   
Their
inter-personal skills
·                   
Their
productivity output.
But
you can’t ever say they are a lazy, ignorant, good for nothing, lying, thieving
bitching bastard.  Oh no.  Not ever. 
They may need re-training, relocating, re-educating, re-directing,
re-motivating but never being told exactly what you really, really think of
them. Getting personal will get you sacked at worst and lose you respect and
friends at best.

 “GETTING
PERSONAL WILL GET YOU SACKED AT WORST AND LOSE YOU RSPECT AND FRIENDS AT BEST”.

The
same goes for your boss.  You may know
they are useless, incompetent, corrupt and stupid.  But can you say so?  No. 
Not even to colleagues.  Remember
what we said about sticking up for junior members of staff or the underdog or
anyone that everyone else is having a go at? 
Well, your boss is the same.  You
always stick up for them – no matter what. 
You do not get personal about them, with them or around them.
(Excerpts from THE
RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “The Art of handling other people’s anger” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)









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