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Is there a way to survive 'wounding the king' when the king is still in the corporation?
I recently read a response on your website about, "Wounding the King." I have done that myself. I addressed issues concerning the need to have 'employee diversity' at a school board meeting after being ignored by my immediate school principal and the director of personnel.
The 'king' in this case is the assistant superintendent
of a school corporation. I am a teacher. He and the principal applied
a lot of pressure, also using the director of personnel. Until I began
to read your book, "Survival
of the Savvy" I had no concept of what I had done and why I was
being blocked for administrative jobs. I thought I was doing well for
the school and students.
QUESTION: Is there a way to survive wounding the king when the king is still in the corporation? Can I somehow develop a relationship with him or work around him?
Thanks for your excellent website.
Dear Complete Woman,
Firstly, we want to thank you for integrating so much of SURVIVAL
OF THE SAVVY into your repertoire, so don't sell yourself short. We hope
you pat yourself on the back on how well you "get it:" understanding "wounding
the king," acknowledging that speaking truth to power can be done successfully
or not, cultivating relationships with those in power in order to influence
other stakeholders, discovering your corporate buzz and reinventing your
image through targeted behavior changes, and taking what looks like a
step backwards in order to take two forward. This last strategy of compromise
is what we described NFL quarterback Warren Moon doing when he left one
team's elite position to take a lower salary and backup role elsewhere,
only to soon find himself the new team's starter and hitting career numbers
along with a stellar contract. So right on, Complete Woman!
A riskier tactic that is still worth
considering is to network more and show up more at events where the King hangs
out, and if the atmosphere seems right, consider making some sort of contrite
comment about wanting to be a team player and never intending to cross any
goals he had (an apology of sorts, if you've offended or blocked his
efforts). You might also make sure that all powers know that you
appreciated the job offer that was made and provide sound reasons why
you declined so that it is a gracious rejection that leave other doors
Rick Brandon, Ph.D. and Marty Seldman, Ph.D., Co-authors
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