He is a Professional So That Makes Me an Amateur
I have an executive level friend with whom I have never worked but occasionally we meet each other in some common business settings. There is something truly remarkable about this friend’s behaviour in the business activities in which I have had the opportunity to observe him. What he does is he walks away from any activity as soon as his manager leaves.
After a while, as he repeated this behaviour several times, it didn’t take long for me to realize that rather than being a coincidence, this was a conscious pattern of behaviour that he had developed. Why is my friend, who has been working for his company for years, behaving in this way? In fact the answer is quite simple ‘he is a professional’. My friend, who looks like he is having such a good time while he is in a corporate environment, is in fact just striving to execute a corporate duty.
Realities in today’s job market have re-emphasized to us phrase ‘office politics’ in order not to be undermined / underappreciated with all your know-how and business acumen. A few years ago, I read the book “100 Tactics for Office politics” written by Casey Hawley. This book is a must-read. The book provides you with the tactics you need to deal with all situations and personality types that you could ever meet in a corporate setting. While it gives you tactics that help you to advance your career, it also lists the mistakes that you should avoid. In other words, it helps you to take the control of your corporate destiny. What is your first step to build up your strategy? According to the book, before developing your own office strategies, first you should make a self-assessment:
- How aggressive do you want to be?
- What kind of corporate culture are you in? Conservative? Start-up? Competitive?
- What fits with your personality?
- What will your values and ethics allow you to do comfortably?
- Which people will be affected by the move(s) you make? What are the risks? Rewards?
The names of the chapters in the book make you realize how seriously office politics should be taken. Chapter titles include:
- The 25 Critical Moves Every Professional Must Make
- The 25 Career Blowers to Avoid
- How to Get Your Boss to Advance Your Career
- How to Handle the World’s Worst Bosses
- Building Your Power: Networking and Publicizing Your Accomplishments
- Major Players in Your Company and How to Get Them to Go to Bat for You
- Beginning or Exiting a Job: Opportunity for Bridge Building or Disaster
- How to Handle Your Co-workers and Staff So They Will Make You a Star
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: The Dirty Dozen
- Your Action Plans for Success
After I finished reading the book, I had a better understanding of my friend’s behaviour. I even thought that most probably he had read the book. I haven’t met him recently, but a mutual friend told me that he had been promoted again a short while ago. I think – with no doubt at all – he will be at the very top in the near future. Personally, I benefited from the book a lot, too. Knowing all about these things made me aware of my limits:-) I became aware that I would rather continue to work like an ‘amateur’ rather than a ‘professional’ because this what I have in my nature!
Edited by Neville Wells
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