Surviving Corporate America: It’s Your Move

Human nature warrants stability and validation. There is no communication too small or insignificant that it should be swept under the rug. Communication, no matter how trivial, is the thread of our being and the fabric of our relationships. To keep peers on a need-to-know basis is to keep success at arm’s length. Networking scratches the surface. Anyone can have a cup of coffee with a stranger.

Knock down the great wall and expose your vulnerability to others. A team is not a group of worker bees on a mission to complete collective tasks, or to out-do peers. It is a formula of getting to know and interact with peers, beyond a work level, mixed with the collective drive to achieve great success. Whether it is on the executive or front-line level, approaching communication with as much tenacity as one feels for his work, reaps tremendous rewards.

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at secondhand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at secondhand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” – Autobiography of Mark Twain

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