Businesses have lovely little handbooks spelling out their supposed genteel and etiquette-driven corporate policies.
* Everyone will respect the chain of command
*Raises and promotions are based on merit only
*There is absolutely no favor granted to nepotism
*All complaints about fair treatment and the like will be greeted with absolute impartiality
And blah, blah, blah. The fact is, no one reads the handbook because it is just so much drivel and is usually hidden away in the corporate counsel’s vault.
Which is just right because the handbook is really just a legal prop designed to serve as proof of policy in the event of a lawsuit.
The fact is, the world you work in is a near total jungle. The “rules” (as they are) are just traps for those foolish enough to follow them.
The realities are far less attractive but also far more reliable in building fast track careers.
1. Favoritism runs amuck. Those who go out of their way to court favor with those in position to grant power in the hierarchy, find themselves with staffs reporting to them.
2. Nepotism is king. If you happen to be related to anyone in the C-suite, you can be dumb as a rock and you will likely rise to your level of incompetence. And get a Gulfstream for it.
3. Related to the above, the corporate kingdom is not treated as a meritocracy. In fact, most often, just the opposite. Do you report to a genius or even someone you aspire to be like?
4. The lion is the king of the jungle not because it plays by the rules but because it sets them. It damn well knows that it is roaming through a kill or be killed environment and it isn’t about to be anyone else’s lunch.
Ugly but true: you get ahead in the corporate world — particularly at the large enterprise level– through:
*Refusal to follow the rules
*A dangerous mind
Most important, by reading the “handbook” and doing just the opposite.