9 Workplace Truths You Won’t Find On Your Company Website.

Often learned the hard way.

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1. Strategy Is A Conversation.

Granted, this is one of my more conventional hacks, but it took a long time for me to really get the nuances of this simple statement.

2. The Corridor Trumps The Board Room.

How many times have you come out of a meeting with everyone in agreement, only for nothing to advance beyond the tacit approval that was just agreed on?

3. Walls Have Ears.

You will only ever learn this one the hard way.

4. It’s Better To Be Interested Than Interesting.

This has a lot to do with listening, but I prefer the way a former mentor explained this to me in my mid 20's.

5. If You Look Like A Duck…

My tip here is to always be the duck.

6. Trust But Verify

This tip “could” make some websites, but I was raised in corporate cultures where trust was a given.

7. The 80/20 Rule.

I have this on my list, but I’m not sure it works for everyone. Some people simply love being over-worked, exhausted, “needed” by their employer for the fabulous amount of work they can churn through.

8. Write The Room.

We’ve all heard a friend or colleague say to you in exasperation: “READ THE ROOM!”

9. Be Kind

I don’t mean “Be Kind” in the Ellen DeGeneres “be kind to each other” kind of way. I mean my Dad’s version of being kind. Take the time to smile, acknowledge others, say hello, actively listen to the person you are with.

Strategist, ex-banker, builder, and writer. I love the art of writing and I still build things. But these days I focus more on humanity than economics.