I've been re-reading "7 Rules of Power" by Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer.
In my latest podcast episode I break down all of the rules.
Rule 2 has stayed with me: break the rules.
It's equally controversial and useful.
Controversial, because it goes against much of what I believe. Most rules make sense and are useful to a functioning society. Breaking rules should be the exception, done to move society forward.
The rule is useful, though, for those who follow it, according to Pfeffer:
- People associate rule-breaking with power
- It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission
- People react surprised and then pay more attention to the rule-breaker
The good news is: 'breaking the rules' can be about small things, e.g.:
- Go ahead with a plan before taking x rounds to align.
- Ask for favors (i.e. go against the belief that we should be self-sustaining)
- Go for the creative, risky marketing tactic
More importantly, it's an attitude of being pro-active.
So, where can you break the rules this week? 😈
🎙️ My latest podcast
📚 What I read & listen to
Here are 7 more rules from the Governator's newest book:
🖋️ My favourite quote
Not my 'favourite' quote, but one that captured my attention:
"because most people are usually averse to conflict, it is surprising how much one can accomplish by seizing the initiative." Jeffrey Pfeffer in '7 Rules of Power', p. 141