Thursday, April 07, 2005

Behave Yourself

Boss your boss just as soon as you can; try it on early. There is nothing he will like so well if he is the right kind of boss.
Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919)

Let’s hope that the days of business books such as the “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun” are over. A new business book titled “Like Ability Factor” explains why it is important for the boss to be liked rather than feared. If you are liked, you are giving others a sense of joy, happiness, relaxation, which results in getting hired, promoted or retained, the latter being very important in today’s market.

This book is a modern day version of Dale Carnegie’s "How to Win Friends and Influence People." People are so tired of self-centered, feared or inconsiderate supervisors. If you work for someone you like, chances are you will go out of your way to help them, which will ultimately make the boss look better and you as well. It’s what they call the win-win factor.

Let’s hope it not only works but become contagious because I feel that much of societal rudeness can be laid at the feed of arrogant corporate bosses.

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