Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Bend the Rules

Magazine article Management Today

Your Route to the Top: Bend the Rules

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Move the masses. Think like Martin Luther King and paint a vivid picture of the great things you hope to accomplish. Once your colleagues see what could be achieved with a little audacity, they'll be more likely to turn a blind eye, help you navigate the labyrinth, or hang the rules and join the revolution.

Act natural. Behave as if your actions are totally normal and only the most self-assured colleague will challenge you. And if they do? Boost your credibility by speaking at a measured pace - gushing suggests guilty; steady suggests self-assured.

Befriend rule-enforcers. It's hard to be tough on someone you like, especially if they backed you up at that board meeting.

Crack the unwritten code. Glorified traditions and inherited habits aren't rules. If you're blocked by 'that's the process here', ask the rule-maker to explain the logic. If their case flounders, point out the inconsistencies - then do as you please. If there's no reason for a rule to exist, there's no reason to uphold it.

Be notorious. For many years, Richard Branson claimed to have no strategy for the Virgin Group. …

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