How to survive in a corporate world?

No matter where we work, there will surely be competitions.

To survive in a corporate world:

  1. Be proactive [1] and more than willing. In tight times, attitude matters.
  2. Be humble. “Never make anyone feel bad for not picking things up or getting things done as efficiently as you do. Being brilliant never gave anyone the right to treat other people as if they were stupid, or to announce failures for the whole compound to hear.”
  3. Be diplomatic and don’t step on any toes.
  4. Observe how people do things (learn the good ones) and learn from our current challenges, so that we can go to a better place/position.
  5. Maintain the boundaries between personal and professional relationships.
  6. Do not complain, unless we are being abused (in such a case, we need to speak up). This is the first rule that Dale Carnegie shared with us.
  7. Whatever you do, always mark a CC to your boss as reminded through a story of the ill horse and the goat [2], via a former mentor 20170113. Equally important, we need to learn the art of CC-ing, for example cc people based on a need to know. CC-ing says “I don’t think you and I are going to be able to do this alone“.
  8. Do not gossip.


[1] On 20160108, to prevent losing my customers, instead of emailing DDR who could help me, I straightaway went to his office with a proposed solution (and agreements from all customers involved), jumped a queue (of a kind man who agreed to my request) with a valid excuse, and by 20160109 my customers were secured!

[2] Below is the story:

There was a farmer who had a horse and a goat. One day, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said, “Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I’ll come back on the 3rd day and if he’s not better, we’re going to have to put him down”.

Nearby, the goat listened closely to their conversation. The next day, they gave him the medicine and left. The goat approached the horse and said, “Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they’re going to put you to sleep!”

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left. The goat came back and said, “Come on buddy, get up or else you’re going to die! Come on, I’ll help you get up.Let’s go! One, two, three…”

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said, “Unfortunately, we’re going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses”. After they left, the goat approached the horse and said, “Listen pal, it’s now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That’s it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, and three… Good, good. Now faster, come on…… Fantastic! Run, run more! Yes! Yes! Yes! You did it, you’re a champion..!”

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting, “It’s a miracle! My horse is cured. We must have a grand** **party. Let’s kill the goat..!”


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