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Monday, 6 October 2014

Don't let your Boss read this...

...it's the secret she doesn't want you to know...

At a recent Dinner, Lynn and I were sat marooned in a sea of corporate navy blue suits, patterned ties and lace up shoes...

Out of 120 people there were only 8 women too - initially I thought we had wandered into the a Gay Pride event, which in my experience would have made for a great party...

Alas, it was not; we were surrounded on all sides by Bankers, Brokers, Treasurers, Lawyers and Accountants..

In her startlingly bright white patterned low cut dress dress with stilettos, Lynn clearly looked out of place and with me in chinos and cowboy boots, I wasn't far behind...

At the table we found the people to be extremely friendly, charming and great company - and as always happens, someone eventually asked us...

"So what do guys do...?"

Lynn responded...

"Well you know how lots of Executives work hard to get up the corporate ladder and then look round when they get to 45 and wonder if this is all there is to life...?"

Everyone nodded in agreement...

"We fix that..."

Stunned silence - no one knew what we did but they sure as hell knew they wanted what we had to offer...

As the evening progressed, a few individuals approached Lynn and I looking for more information, what we told them is the unfortunate truth for so many employed people..

We explained that there are few Unwritten Rules of Work that you should bear in mind...

1. Your Career is only as secure as the thread by which it is attached to the Market...

2. 40 Year Careers do not exist - you will be fired at some point...

3. The higher your salary, the more vulnerable you are...

4. Your job is just your apprenticeship for running your own business...

5. All your knowledge is just Market Research for the future...

6. It's called compensation for a reason...

7. The older you get the more chance that you'll be outsourced...

8. If you don't love your job now; wait for 5 years and see how bad it gets...

9. You only tolerate your job because your Mortgage is bigger than your Pride...

10. They know you'll stay because the FEAR of change paralyses you...

Now, some people make great employees, they value the predictability and relative security that employment offers, however, others don't...

These people are the ones that need to go it alone, be the independent free spirited consultant, contractor and entrepreneur...

Your Career is just part of your journey, it is a trade between you and your employers; your job is to add value while you are working there, do a great job and help them build their business...


It is also your job to learn everything that you can, go on every course, attend conference and listen to those around you; watch how the top players perform, ask them for guidance, and get a Coach to guide you...

Then you can make a choice about your future...

Your job is the best Training Program in the world; just don't tell your Boss...

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