Want to get on top? want to carry the brief case into work but stuck on the backpack...want to know what to do? then you have come to the err...right post
It’s been a while since I have had a drink and done a rambling post and looks like the its time again..Woot!
Tonight my mind is on work, getting a job, getting a promotion and why we would want to do such a thing…obvious yeah! Money, money, money and maybe Power, even if its just the right to get your way...These seem to be the only real true driver these days...well at least sometimes it feels like it. Does anyone else feel this way?
Over the years a number of people have approached me and asked, how do you make your way up at work? How do I get a promotion when I can’t interview well, How do I move up the pecking order when I am seen as a lowly worker.
I always tell them the same thing and I just keep getting strange looks and asked to give specific reasons how I made my way up in life?.
I tell them I'm not at the top, I'm just temporarily in a different pecking order - but ultimately there is no point, everyone’s got to make their own way, and there were no tricks outside of asking myself these two questions daily in the early days to make my way up:
What can I do to make my boss look good today? AND…
What can I do to make my bosses life easier?
Sounds a little fluffy? Maybe not enough to move you on top? Think again..if you ask yourself these questions in when preparing for an interview you will do pretty well I reckon.
Let’s examine ....
If your asking yourself these two questions every day, when you come in to work you are recognizing the chain of command, the rank structure, you are in-fact participating in the system as you have been trained, in the way your mind has been trained to do.
Ok, so there are a couple of catches, like everything in life. For instance if you make your bosses life easier and make them look good, they may decide, why would I promote this fool!!!?
Yes this is possible, however I would submit its most likely due to your good actions in making them look good, it won’t be long and they will be promoted anyways…..thus leaving their job to you (well in most cases).
The trick is to make it clear to your boss that this is the deal. When they are on leave, you get to act in their position. It’s a difficult conversation to have with your boss, but it’s also very hard for them to knock it back.
....Think about it….if they don't agree they might lose you making them look good, or lose you making their life easier – why would they want to do that? you have given them no choice, they can't risk looking like a fool and someone who can't manage staff.
It’s simple really, we participate in a hierarchical system and it is simple put... a pecking order. Your work place is like Africa and you are a wild dog, your place in the pack is defined, you are the leader or you are ‘X’ inline for that position. There is nothing else....ignore the rest, its just barking dogs who want to get a leg up on you.
It is little wonder to me that these two question to ask yourself really play by the rules of this system. By asking yourself these questions you can prepare for and cunningly prepare for your next position easy as pie.
The Black Mirror (Why I hate these two Questions)
I really dislike this, I hate our over commercialized world, I dislike that you have to ask these questions to make your way up! I hate that our youth are told they need to go online and create a brand for themselves & find a way to earn an income online so they can start their own pack, because they are special and because they shouldn’t start at the back of the pack.
I hate that humans think we are so much smarter and therefore better then animals, so much more evolved by the way we control our environment and destinies; when in reality we are just a bunch of wild dogs chomping at each other’s heals to climb the ladder of success.
There is something really wrong with these two question.
How much better would the world be if these two questions were?
What can I do to make the world I live in better (and if your super keen seeking promo type and love your job, you could say what can I do to make the business better)? AND…
What can I do to help humans evolve beyond a bunch of animals simply competing for survival?
There is something really wrong with humans who think they are free and have control of their own lives when really we are all stuck in a pyramid scheme of crap and constant competition. To truly evolve, to truly say we are better than dogs we need to stop competing at every turn, we have to open our eyes and realize the cost.
…But sadly we won’t, so I’ll see you somewhere at the back of the pack.
Happy birthday, have a beer with me and Steem on!