Professional Karma Exists;5 Secret Weapons Of Successful People In The Workplace
9 July 2020 Blog
A workplace enemy is someone whose objectives could place you in harm’s way. Their Intentions are to cause irreparable harm to your career.
Enemies are never immediately recognizable – they always hide under the cloak of agreeableness until they show their true colors.
No matter how pure your intentions or how innocent your heart, you cannot avoid their mandatory presence in your professional life.
The good news is that you always have control over how much anyone’s misguided antagonism can interfere with your future.
If you ever find yourself in the face of an enemy in the workplace, don’t panic. Keep the following 5 tips by Andrew Gabelic in mind:
1. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Words are cheap. Actions are evidence.
In the face of lies about our character or history, our immediate instinct is to address the lies head on. We rush to show as much evidence as we can to anyone who will listen. This strategy is sure to backfire.
Get in front of the people who matter and be a model employee. Work harder and later. Beat deadlines and come up with your own projects. Offer free help. Turn the dial from great employee to model employee. No matter how good you are, there is always something more you could be doing.
Soon the lies will lose their power. Anyone who hears them will know they’re untrue, because they’ve seen the evidence with their own eyes.
Don’t engage – just work harder.
2. Get to Know Everyone in Your Organization
Everyone in your office will play a role in your career at some point in your future. The more friends you make, the more reaping you will sow.
Sometimes the Enemy by virtue of their position will manipulate others to take their side and they will oblige for fear of also falling under the wrath of same
If you invest valuable time getting to know the people around you (and offer help before ever asking for it), you will not just be protected from your enemies, you will also gain lifelong professional allies and plant the seeds of future opportunity.
3. Tactfully Solicit Advice from People Who Can Help You
Do not engage, but DO let others know what is happening. Keeping it to yourself will only raise the stakes of your office rift.
State the facts without analysis, and a willingness to resolve the situation constructively.
This is all your ally will need to understand that you are under attack and do something to help you.
4. Never Let Your Enemy Know That You’re ‘onto’ Them
The old adage is old because of its powerful wisdom:
“Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer”
Nothing will escalate the situation faster than trying to engage directly with your enemy .
If they think you’re ‘onto’ them, they’re more likely to turn up the heat.
The more they think you are “dumb”, the less threatened they will be and this is to your advantage
5. Wait It Out
Here comes some spiritual advice that is also grounded in logic: professional karma exists
Vicious people are always the architects of their own demise. If you let them do their thing without interfering, they will eventually shoot themselves in the foot and end the rift for you.
A sword fight can last for a lifetime, but a lone knight waving a sword at the air will eventually cut himself.
Those who are immature enough to willingly go after someone eventually show their true colors to the world. They harm their own reputations and bring themselves down without you having to get your hands dirty.
Do not waste your time on fighting back or seeking revenge. Do not engage