本节翻译:Ajax.天翔

 

Who runs your office? I bet it ain’t the boss. Bosses tend to closet themselves away in their ivory office, leaving the real job of running the business to someone else. Your job is to identify this person and stay on the right side of them.

谁掌控着你的办公室?我赌绝对不会是老板。老板喜欢呆在他自己的小办公室里,把工作留给其他人做。你要做的就是认出这些人,然后跟这些人保持一致。

I have worked for companies where the real power resided in the hands of a PR consultant, a legal secretary, an auditor, a customer, and a junior manager. In each and every case, the reason why they were really in charge was that they

我曾经工作过的一些公司中,不少公司真正的权利掌握在由公关顾问、法务部长、会计、客户、高层经理的手上。在这些公司的案例中,为什么他们会有这样的权利,原因如下:

• Had the ear of the boss他们是老板的信息来源

• Were trusted by the boss他们被老板所信任

• Carried out a subtle whispering campaign rather than saying anything outright or up front他们喜欢在背后偷偷搞别人而不是在正面指出

• Had been there quite some time他们在公司里呆了相当一段时间

• Were motivated entirely by power and control他们被权利和控制所驱使

• Were invariably unpleasant enough to use various tactics to get their own way—no matter what他们不管怎么样也要达到他们的目的,就算这些招数非常的阴险

• Were extremely clever, but lacking the experience, qualifications, or skill to actually do the job properly他们非常聪明,但缺乏经验,资格,技能去做他们自己的工作。

In each case, once I had made a friend of these people I got on better. To begin with, I didn’t spot them immediately. This always caused me problems. I would go to the boss and only later be made to realize I had committed a gaffe by doing so— “Oh everything goes through Sarah first,” “I’ll just run it by Janine first to see if she thinks it a good idea,” “Do you want to check this out with Trevor and come back to me?”

在这些案例里,有次我成为了这些人其中一个人的朋友。我并没有在开始的时候认出来。但这总是让我出问题。然后去老板那里承认自己这样做错了。“噢,所有东西得先让莎拉先看,”“我把这个拿给珍妮看是不是个好主意。”“你要不要让特沃看下合不合适再拿给我?”

I soon learned to go to the person who had the ear of the boss first. Play the game with this person, and don’t make an enemy of her. She is the real authority, and you should pay her homage. I know it ain’t fair and you hate it, but until a better system comes along, we have to work with what we’ve got.

我马上就懂了,这些东西要拿给这些控制老板信息来源的人看。跟这些人玩游戏,千万别跟他们对立。她就是权力,你应该服从她。我知道你很不想屈服于这样不正义的人,但直到一个新的组织结构来替换现在的组织,必须跟他们一致。

WHO RUNS YOUR OFFICE? I BET IT AIN’T THE BOSS.

谁掌控着你的办公室?我赌绝对不会是老板。

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