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Re-posts: Office Politics – Thoughts and a How

Office politics  – I have been deliberately looking out for articles about this topic.

I have found great persepectives:

Thoughts on Office Politics

How Bullshitters Not Just Survive But Thrive, Until…

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Work Success Open Secrets

A Normal Time Waster

  • 8 am: So I want, just like you, to recreate the world by 5pm today. I want to do exactly what I plan to; uninterrupted and efficiently. I want to solve a major problem, or at least a chunk of it to a point of satisfaction.
  • 1 pm: Okay, I shall not panic. My to-do list is untouched and I have 30 emails in my sent items list. My inbox has 15 unread emails. I’ll read all of them as I eat lunch. I’ll have plenty of time for my main tasks at 2pm.
  • 5 pm: I feel cheated by the clock. Where has my day gone? Why is it that only 1 thing got done? Why is it that my sent items list is now 60 emails long yet I feel so unfulfilled? Why is it that I can’t account for my day confidently and I feel like the absolute opposite of what I set out to feel when I woke up?
  • 6.30 pm: Stephen is late. No, no coffee, just a cold coke please. Sigh. I’m so tired. Googles, ‘how to be more effective at work’.
  • 10 pm: Tomorrow shall be different. I will wake up early and be in the office by 7 am. I’ll get more done, I promise. Presses play on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 8, Episode 2’.
  • 12 am: Logs into Facebook.
  • 1 am:Sleeps.

OR perhaps you simply had a binge watching sort of day.

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I didn’t even factor in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Chat time!

It’s a vicious cycle. Each day we do a series of things that pushes us further away from effectiveness. Then we turn to Google.

  1. 5 things highly productive people do every morning.
  2. 10 things highly effective people do
    every day.
  3. 7 things to do to have an awesome day.
  4. 20 little things to put on your to do list.

Enough already! Surely by now you know what to do to live like an above average human being. Bloggers haven’t let you forget it! Heck you’ve subscribed to medium.com, haven’t you? So have I. Yet I know what ails you because it ails me too. Can we simply focus on being average, simple, honest and cliché phrase-free?

I am not attempting to convert a simple analogy into something fancy to impress you. I’m simply saying, let’s focus on being normal. Also, learn to forgive yourself. It is alright to have ‘lazy’ days.

Being Employed · Work Success Open Secrets

Can I Have Your Job?

If you are fortunate enough to be employed by an organization that you actually like, there is someone in that place that has a role you want and I dare say, one that you feel you could do better if you were given the chance.

Hopefully, this person (be it your immediate supervisor, a peer or even a person working in a different organization) is not making a mess of things but they are actually making their work look easy. There in lies the major challenge and opportunity. Take time to really study them. Get to know them. Don’t wait for an ‘HR Department’ type of opportunity. Ask this person direct questions like:

  • Do you have a succession plan for your roll? Tell me more about it over coffee later, perhaps?
  • You make what you do seem so interesting! What is the secret?
  • Hello, you look nice and bright today! What have you got planned? Anything I can support you with perhaps?

These are questions that will surely get you learning and noticed. Even the most reserved person can ask at least one of these. You deserve the best kind of career the world of work has to offer. Refrain from filling yourself with  defeatist thoughts. You can do it. You really really can!

All the best!

Being Employed · Corporatebugs

I should have left ages ago!

So the contract says works 5, 8-hour days but in reality, you work 7, 12-hour ones! What do you do? Continue working that’s what!

I, like many of you have scores of friends who often complain about the overtime reality. Instead of joining them, here are simple ways you can make the most of this unwritten performance term.

  • Facebook and tweet! Open those social media tabs either on your phone or PC (if the company allows access to social sites) and keep in touch with the outside world! The pro: time moves pretty fast when you’re socializing virtually. The con: the probability of getting any meaningful work done is quite low.
  • Idle chat! There is always that one person in the office who likes to talk more than the rest. That is the one who will help you breeze through those hours. Engage them in a mutually benefiting conversation and make a friend while at it. The pro: they may end up being great allies. The con: they may be the ‘me’ type and drag on and on about stuff only they care about!

  • Work! Yes, work. Use those hours to actually get some work done! The pro: you will gain favour with the supervisor. The con: you will be freeing up your schedule (for more work!)

Personally I apply all the above as I work through the day. How about you? Which one of these do you agree with? Do share them with us!

Being Employed · Corporatebugs

The Big 3

The dissection of a corporate bug:

  1. A corporate bug’s asset: Qualifications. These are acquired in instituitions of higher learning. A high school certificate is meaningless to a corporate bug and a masters degree most valuable!
  2. A corporate bug’s weaknessAppreciation/Acknowledgement. This may come in extrinsic and or intrinsic forms. “Here is a KShs XXX,XXX cheque as a thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in this month!” or “No. Don’t call me Sir/Madam, call me by my first name!” or both these forms of appreciation/acknowledgement can make a corporate bug go berserk with joy (inside of course!)
  3. A corporate bug’s strength: Special Skill. No corporate bug worth the title is void of special skill either in letter writing, public speaking, negotiation, quick thinking, self control under pressure e.t.c. Corporate bugs have something unique that they bring to the table. This is what sets them apart from all other CBs.

I must admit mine is quick thinking! I cannot honestly count the number of times this noggin of mine has rescued me!

So do you agree with the big 3? What’s your special skill?

Being Employed · Corporatebugs

Catch that Bug!

Welcome to the Corporate bug series.

The series is meant to better understand the new business species and what can help it strive in the dynamic business habitat.

A corporate bug is an individual currently tied up in all matters corporate and earning a salary while at it.

Don’t bother checking the dictionaries. The word is created by me to describe the group I am now a part of . What I haven’t yet figured out (and I am hoping you can help me) is whether a start-up owner is a corporate bug as well.

Corporate bugs are also not in executive roles that are involved in actual strategy formulation. The are more so the strategy implementers.

Welcome!