An important person from an organization recently gave me a book titled Never Confuse a Memo with Reality by Richard A. Moran. It is not a thick book with fancy cover page that’s august enough nor Instagram worthy for your daily feed update. It’s a mere book filled with more than 300 bullet points of biting-bitter-truth on how you should have behaved or presented yourself in an organization and all that you actually didn’t do (because school or university does not teach you that. Never!). For me, it was a game changer. I wish someone gave me this book long before I entered career world.
Here are some guerdon nuggets:
- Be nice to receptionists – they can help you. If they don’t like you, they can hurt you.
- Never let your guard down around superiors – even when travelling or socializing.
- Never take a problem to your boss without some solutions. You are getting paid to think, not whine. **this is very crucial**
- Brag about someone to another person; that someone is bound to find out. ** this is my personal favorite and wish humans will learn this**
- Learn to operate the photocopy machine, the desk telephone and scanners quickly. **no one is ever gonna teach you that**
- Treat your time as if someone is paying for it – someone is.
- Keep track of what you do – someone is sure to ask.
- If you tell a racist joke, be prepared to be fired.
- Never apologize for an idea that didn’t work — but always admit a mistake.
- Boil down your job far enough so that you can describe it to anyone easily.
- Never underestimate the ability of people to develop strange interpretations of anything you write, say, or do.
- Don’t confuse extensive documentation with insight, and don’t confuse spreadsheets with analysis.
…..and many more witty remarks and practical points that will be an eye-opener for you!