Stand up for others

So, you’re all sitting around having coffee when the subject of young Adam comes up. Now we all know that Adam is a pain in the backside. He doesn’t pull his weight, skives off, steals the pens and paperclips, is rude to the security staff, always off-loads as much work onto others as possible, blames …

Don’t bitch

Yep, life ain’t fair. Sometimes colleagues shirk and you end up with extra work; bosses can be ill-prepared for their jobs and as such are incompetent and often inconsistent; idiots get promoted all around you; there’s too much work to do; there are too many stupid systems in place; idiots thwart you at every turn. …

Don’t gossip

‘Did you know that at the last company conference Steve, from accounts was seen coming out of Debbie’s, from marketing, bedroom in the early hours of Sunday morning? And that twice since they have been seen in Luigi’s at lunchtime and Kathy swears she’s seen them holding hands in the lift. Steve’s married, you know, …

Look for opportunities

I know I’ve said have a plan both long term and short term – but there do come times when plans have to be thrown out of the window. These are the opportunities. I had a friend who wasn’t getting on particularly fast in his promotion plan. One day he found himself sharing a compartment …

Anticipate threats

Threats come at us from every quarter, every day – redundancy, downsizing, takeovers, vindictive colleagues, irascible bosses, new technology, new systems, new procedures. In fact, entire books are devoted to threats – mostly from change – such as Who Moved My Cheese and How To Handle Tough Situations At Work. If we can think on …

Dress well

Dress well means exactly that – dress well. There is simply no excuse for dressing badly, dressing down, dressing dumb, dressing cheaply or dressing carelessly I’m afraid that this rule is very important and must be strictly adhered to. There are no days off, no excuses, no letters from your mother letting you off. Dressing …

Volunteer carefully

A lot of people think that if they say ‘yes’ to everything they will get noticed, get praised and get promoted. Not true. The clever manager above them will use this ‘I’ll do it’ mentality and you will end up overworked, undervalued and abused. Before you put your hand up to volunteer for anything, think …

Scotch Bonnet Pepper

The fiery Scotch bonnet, closely related to the habanero, looks like a tiny, slightly flattened, pale green, yellow or orange bell pepper with deep furrows. About 1½ to 2 inches long, it has a smoky, fruity flavor, and is intensely hot (150,000 to 325,000 Scoville units). Common in Caribbean cooking and essential to Jamaican jerk …

most people Lazy to be wealthy

You have to get up early, work hard all day, and go to bed still working on your objective. Yes, money does sometimes grow on trees or so it seems. Yes, people do win the lottery, the jackpot, the big prize. People do get sudden inheritances from long-lost relatives. Yes, people do suddenly find fame …