“Good guys finish last.”
“Rules are made to be broken.”
“The ends justify the means.”
- “I won’t compromise my principles to climb the corporate ladder.”
- “I don’t play politics at work.”
- “That’s outside my comfort zone.”
- “Life is too short to work with a**holes.”
- “I won’t work for a boss who, at a job where, or at a company that ___________ (fill in the blank).”
- Nobody has to compromise principles to climb the corporate ladder. You may, however, have to sacrifice a great deal, including some of your own personal needs and wants, in favor of those of the company’s customers, shareholders, and employees. So, maybe you’re not principled so much as selfish, afraid to give up that much control, or afraid you might fail.
- As for playing politics, show me a workplace where everyone sings Kumbaya and gets along like peas in a pod and I’ll show you, well, Utopian BS. It doesn’t exist. And those who say they don’t play politics are usually the most political of all.
- Whenever you hear, “that’s outside my comfort zone,” it’s actually code for “that’s something I’m scared of.” While it’s human to be afraid, it’s not a good thing to be unaware of it.
- As for not wanting to work with a SOB, I’ve got news for you, those who are fond of saying that are usually the biggest SOB of all. Some casually toss that term around as if it’s some kind of absolute. The truth is that we’re all SOB some of the time. Half the time you’re the SOB and the other person is just reacting to it. And one person’s SOB is another person’s spouse or best friend.