Friday, 13 July 2012

Nice guys finish first....

Ali Muirden believes that even in the cuthroat world of business, nice people get ahead....

One of the early titles we published was “Top Tips for Wannabe CEOs” by Richard Charkin - who is Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing, publisher of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels among many others.

Many of the things Richard talks about in his book resonate with me - most of all, the impression he gives that being ambitious and getting ahead doesn’t necessarily mean being totally ruthless.

I’ve often wondered if you can be a “nice guy” and still win big in the work place and have always tried my very best to be a good colleague and not to get too involved in office politics -  but sometimes this is very hard to resist.  Let’s face it: we all love a good gossip over a drink after work and a sympathetic shoulder to cry on after a bad day!

But one of the things Richard points out is that in any workplace you are not paid to build your career, but to do the job you are paid to do - and this is a very salient point.   

One of the other things he gives advice on is how to deal with any enemies you might make on your way up the greasy pole.  He recommends that instead of getting even, it is much more worthwhile to just forget about it and move on.

For some, this might seem too simplistic - but on reflection, I think he is absolutely right.   My motto has always been “never burn bridges” - you just never know when and where you might require some help in the future.  And who you might need that help from!

And by turning the other cheek, I think you prove that you’re much the better person in the long run…. And just how satisfying and rewarding is that? 

What do you think?  Is revenge a dish too sweet to pass up, or should you just live and let live? - AliM

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