Viscusi sounds like Col. Nathan R. Jessup, (“I know deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you don't want me on that wall, you need me on that wall…") when he says work is war, and if someone is going to get fired, let it be someone else – someone the boss doesn’t like, not you.
Other Viscusi tips include:
- Set a Google alert to your personal email account with your boss’s name so you know if he or she is in the media for anything.
- Set a Technorati alert for your company and stay in touch with the blog chatter about your company.
- Company gossip is gold -- but never be known as the company gossip.
- Bosses are trained to say, “Office politics don’t exist in this organization.” Only dumb employees believe that.
- Mentees-mentors and networking: Create a sleeper cell of friends in your company and industry who will support you in a time of crisis.
- Career coaches are for sissies. If you need a career coach, you don’t have a career!
And here’s some old-fashioned but “ain’t it so” advice: Have money in the bank. Money equals confidence and having that confidence helps you think and act strategically not out of desperation.
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