Saturday, November 30, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 4




Song:  FF VI Symphonic Poem

Orchestra:  Final Symphony London





This is the fourth article on Bill Gates' 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...


Rule #4:  If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.




My Perspective:



It is true...
and there are so many reasons why it is true.


1)  A teacher is there to ensure you receive the necessary information
to perform well...and should you fail...she will often feel as if she, too, had failed.

A boss will often merely tell you your areas of responsibility...
for you to read up on the policies and procedures...
and for you to handle any problems.

He will often tell you that if you cannot handle the problems in your area...
that you are the failure...and that you probably shouldn't be there.



2)  In school, there are multiple opportunities to make up for 
poor grades...forgotten assignments...poor attitudes.

Once your boss sees irresponsibility, or especially, a poor attitude...
 if even only for a fleeting moment...
at the very least, your reputation in his eyes, may be ruined forever.
He may never again, fully trust you, or think of you for promotion.

In school, a reputation lost with a specific teacher usually only 
damages you for that academic year.

At work...you are usually stuck with your boss until he retires.



3)   In school, the class moves only at the speed the teacher thinks the 
majority of the class can handle, and often times, she will alter her class
to ensure the level of teaching doesn't leave behind the slowest learners
(K - 12 only - University is different).

At work, all are expected to keep up with all responsibilities at all times.
Your boss will fully expect to have to fire a certain percentage in the course of a year.
He will often hire and fire until he gets what he thinks are the best.




4)    In school, GPAs may be made up at a later time.
In University...should you feel you are not doing well
in a particular class, there is a certain grace period where 
you may drop the class without negatively affecting your GPA...
whereupon you may self study for a year and re-attempt the course.


At work...to fail at an assignment can be a career mortal wound.
You often have but one chance to prove yourself...
and then way is made to let someone else prove himself...
whereupon he will advance beyond you...
often forever.

There is generally no option to opt out of an assignment...
it is do or die.

Once you are in a career...
often times marriage, children, and a mortgage closely follows.

Your whole family's financial future is tied to your performance at work.
Your family is then essentially being held economic hostage by your boss.

Although it is unspoken...
it is realized by both, the employee, and the employer.

Many bosses will take advantage of their position of power.

Although a person may leave the job...
unless he has a firm offer from at least an equal job...
he is somewhat stuck...and so may have to suffer through verbal abuse...
or may be taken advantage of by being assigned copious amounts of 
extra work...especially if he is a strictly salary worker.

Many bosses will not even have to abuse through action...
they may merely be passive aggressive.

Should the employee choose to leave...
he would be beholden to the employer
 for a very positive letter of recommendation.

Any letter of recommendation which is less than stellar...
can be the employee's future career death warrant...
and yes...the boss knows this as well.

They can give assignments with unreasonable timelines...
or give you a position of having to manage others...
without the authority to effectively manage them.
They can give assignments without the necessary information
to complete it competently...and then claim that it is the employee's fault
for not knowing something they couldn't have known...
and he may then act dismissively to the employee
in front of his peers in an attempt to paint a scarlet letter upon him
thereby showing that he cannot be trusted by the others...
and he may then claim it is the employees fault 
for not being able to work well with others.
He could sabotage individual careers by not being so
generous with his employee reviews...etc.


This is NOT to say that most bosses act in such a manner.

The point is...
they COULD act in such a manner...
should they choose to do so...
and most are experienced enough to get away with it.
The employee will almost always lose...in the long run.


This is also NOT to say that the employee has no right to basic 
respect in the workplace.  In most businesses, to have a poor workplace
environment is simply not good business...and so they try to create an
amicable working environment.

So long as the employee is correct in a grievance...
has a cogent argument which was supported with evidence...
and the offense was grievous enough
(just as an employee would expect to be forgiven for insignificant 
slips in his performance...so must he forgive others)...
it is the correct thing to do.

So long as the presentation is respectful...
and intelligent...it is generally well received and 
the problem is usually rectified without negative repercussions.

All people...
even evil ones...
respect intelligence.


This leads directly in to how a child should be raised...
how he should always think and act.

Intelligence - Think intelligently.

Know what the policies and procedures of the company are.

Never violate them.
Be able to cite them in reference to a grievance...
and be able to rationally support how they were violated 
by the offending supervisor.

All without emotion.


The other extremely important attribute:

Respect - Always be respectful.


I have seen many a person attempt to play the extremely juvenile game
of pretending that the only mode of communication is one of strictly 
the words spoken.

They act as if 
intonation...
timing...
inflection...
words not spoken...
body english...
facial expression...
the withholding of necessary information....etc...
are not at least as important in communication.

It is extremely disrespectful...
and such actions will surely have very dire repercussions in the workplace...
and rightfully so.

Just the act of unjustified rudeness
tells the employer of, not only, the lack of emotional maturity...
it tells him the lack of forethought...
and basic intelligence of the person.


To have an "attitude" tells all who see it that the person
is incapable of learning lessons in life...
ones which they should have learned by merely observing reactions to it
on the playground in elementary school...
even were they not taught correctly by their parents.

It demonstrates a lack of global aptitude...
the ability to adapt to new conditions 
through mere observations...
by noticing correlations...
and understanding the underlying causations.

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A leader who doesn't give structure...
who has no real standards...
is a person who doesn't wish to put in effort...
because they don't care.

They are essentially deserting you.
It is a stress free life for themselves they wish...
and nothing more.



A very demanding, and when need be, tough (but fair)...
parent...
teacher...
boss...
is a blessing to have.

It is they who put in the effort...
who have the self respect...
and the respect for you...
to guide you correctly...
because they care.

It is they who shall lead you to eventual success.










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