Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Why a 9-to-5 job is the wrong place to seek job satisfaction & financial independence...

There are a number of reasons for this, but in a nutshell it boils down to the fact that very few corporates have actually figured out how to identify and nurture the real performers. Often what happens is that the guys who get all the breaks are usually the ones who have raised their profile in the organization by talking a lot, sending the most emails, lobbied more effectively etc, while somewhere in the dungeons is a guy who actually does the work. Indeed, hundreds of books have been written about how to climb the corporate ladder and the bulk of the advice is about managing your personal brand, image and other people’s perception of you. In other words your destiny depends NOT on how good your work is, but rather on if someone else THINKS you are working. I know a guy who spent close to 2 out of 5 days a week, playing office politics to the extent of taking clandestine trips out of the country to meet with his boss’s superiors. Today this individual has reached the top of the food chain in his organization without ever having to actually do anything apart from undermining every boss who was unlucky enough to cross his path on the way to corporate nirvana.

Corporate Parasite!

You all work with at least one person like that and I am sure it frustrates the daylights out of you. Take a good look at them and start sucking up because the reality is that
they will soon be your boss, if not already. This is because unfortunately the corporate ladder is full of people like them and just like leeches they quickly attach themselves to a stronger host and start sucking corporate nutrients. The bigger leech is attached to a bigger host and so on. Picture a scenario where a senior executive has to choose between one action that could have moderate positive gains for the organization and another that could have major career gains for himself. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell that more than half the time, the executive will choose the option that will advance his career. So devious is this form of trickery that the leeches sometimes manage to convince the founder of the organization that such a move is for the benefit of the organization, which significantly is all the founder cares about. Sadly as their business grows the founders tend to become more and more dependent on this breed of people who make a living out of managing other peoples companies. 

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