Archive | April 2012

How to bake your corporate cake AND eat it

We’ve discussed plenty on how to make it in the corporate world. But is there a recipe that works all the time?

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You can resort of course to the usual trio of hard work, long hours and sheer determination. Sadly, it is a proven fact that without good, old networking you can’t go very far.

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“Just say yes… just say there’s nothing holding you back… It’s not a trick of the mind, only love,” sing Snow Patrol. Oh but it is a trick of the mind which has nothing to do with love.  Knowing when to say ‘yes’, ‘no’ ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘what the heck, I know I am being used but let’s give it a go for the greater good.’ Greater good often being solely egotistical.

There are of course the perks.

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Occasionally, the bending over backwards pays off. There’s the pay rise, the bonus, the conference abroad. And then you feel fabulous. Pure acid wrapped up inside a candy bar.

But you persevere. Digging your heels deeper inside the ground. Avoiding the backstabs like a Matrix warrior. And eventually, whether you realise it or not… you win.

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Cheers!

Disclaimer: The above pictures (all from Victoria’s Secret apart from the cake -obviously) are in no way a suggestion on how to elevate the corporate ladder. They may serve purposes of a different yet samely satisfying nature. Just a thought there…

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