Are You Paying Attention to Unwritten Corporate Rules?
The careers of many dedicated, loyal, and hard-working people have been derailed by overlooking unwritten corporate rules — especially informal team norms that occur during organizational change. For example, a recent client lamented that when she politely declined receiving a company mobile device, she later learned the new boss saw that as a lack of commitment to his unwritten rule to be available 24/7. It cost her dearly.
Look for Tip-Offs You Underestimate Unwritten Corporate Rules
Political blind spots at work can decrease your influence, impact, and career progression. Ignoring signals that unwritten corporate rules and organizational politics exists is a form of denial. You may be too naïve about reality of politics at work if you hear yourself say things like…
What to do About It
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The Bottom Line
Every workplace has unwritten rules. Knowing exactly what the unstated cultural and emotional norms are can make or break a career or an important project. Can you succeed within and reinforce your desired workplace culture even when the nature of work changes?
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