In this essay, I am looking to examine to what extreme people would go to get what they want?
This question refers to your deep desires, what would you do? How far would you go to get it? At what cost?
In the corporate world would you manipulate someone to get your way? Are you willing to take credit for someone else’s achievement to get promoted? How far do you think this will take you in your career? In today’s cut throat environment, you can quickly lose your own integrity. When facing individuals who are lying, spending their time schmoozing everyone to justify their own short comings, but are quick to point fingers at everyone else when issues arise. How would you deal with that personality?
When entering this dance, you must be cautious with whom who will be “dancing”. You can be today’s flavor of the month, but quickly becoming, at a snap of the fingers, an outcast. How can you navigate safely in this world? Navigating these waters has become an art on its own. It doesn’t matter if you are working for a small, medium or large company, you will find yourself in the same predicament.
Are you willing to sacrifice your integrity to further your career by agreeing with everyone? Being politically correct can be a double edge sword. You need to be able to see the changes quickly enough to ensure you are still in everyone’s grace. If you speak your mind, you are putting yourself at risk to be singled out as not being a “team player”. You need to be cautious on your delivery, finding yourself biting your tongue more often than you would like.
In this ever-changing environment, the further you move along the corporate ladder, the bigger the target on your back will become. Co-workers will praise you, hoping to be in your good graces, others waiting in the shadow for you to stumble. You need to remember not everyone has your best interest at heart.
The quicker you became a rising start, the faster your fall from grace could happened if you are not keeping yourself grounded. Keeping yourself in check will allow you to navigate those shark infested waters. Make sure you have at least one person that can anchor you and keep you inline. You can easily lose perspective when you are surrounded by individuals that are always praising you. As much as your ego enjoys it, you need to ensure you are not being blindsided by it.