Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - How to Bend the Rules

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - How to Bend the Rules

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Befriend the rule enforcers. It's hard for them to be tough on someone they like, especially if they owe you a favour.

Spot the soft rules. These are the ones that aren't really rules at all, just traditions that have turned into habits. If there is no real reason for them to exist, there is no real reason to stick to them.

Make outrageous suggestions. That way, when you come up with something that bends the rules slightly, it won't seem so shocking.

Be clear about the benefits. Paint a picture of the great things you are trying to achieve. You will gain the upper hand if you persuade others that they will be better off as a result of a little derring-do.

Act confident. It will take a self-assured person to challenge you if you behave as though your actions are perfectly normal.

Be known for pushing the boundaries. Show how it has helped in the past. …

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