“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King
Arthur Friedrich recommended “Corporate Confidential – 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn’t Want You to Know and What To Do About Them”. He was a very competent firmware team lead at a major engineering corporation. Like me, he worked hard, tried to develop his people, kept himself up-to-date on the latest in his area of expertise, and tried to support the company’s and the customer’s goals even when they were sometimes at odds. We both got laid off within eight months of each other.
We would have both benefited from reading this book before taking on our former positions. It would have made us aware of some of the hidden land mines of our well-intentioned behaviours. Reading this book now will tell you what it takes to get promoted, be successful in a new positions, fire-proof yourself from lay-offs. My biggest mistake was assuming the HR was my friend. In hindsight they’re not. They work for the company, and they will do what they need to do to protect the company.
Some might call this playing politics. Now I consider it managing relationships. This is what being effective is all about: it’s all about people.
If you want to get promoted, stay safe(r) from job loss, or figure out what you might be doing wrong in your current position, this is a good resource. It’s the kind of stuff that your current and former bosses, peers, and staff won’t tell you. Just like only a true friend will tell you when you’ve got something stuck in your teeth.