I am not big on following rules, but I guess I have observed and written many of my own over the years. ï¿½It all came home to me last week when I got a cold call from “a broker”. ï¿½I stopped him mid-flow, not wanting to waste any more of his time or mine:
“Rule 1:” I said, “Never buy financial services from a cold call.”
“But I’m not selling financial services – this is a fine wine brokerage”.
“Rule 2:” I said, “Never invest in something you don’t understand.”
“Where do all of these rules come from?”.
“Rule 3:” I said, “Never divulge the secret of the rules.”
That last one sounds a bit like the first rule of Fight Club*
Anyway, there’s no secret. ï¿½I just started, years ago, to collect observations I made about my work. ï¿½They now fill several pages of a notebook. ï¿½Two of my earliest observations recently made it into my latest book, “Brilliant Project Leader”
(along with a load of other rules).
Mike’s First Rule of Teams: ï¿½ “You get the team you deserve.”
Mike’s First Rule of Change: ï¿½“Resistance is inevitable.”
You’ll also find more rules of change, along with meetings, negotiation and communication. ï¿½I am beginning to think I should do something more with them, so I have decided to try tweeting them. ï¿½Follow me @mikeclayton01.
“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.
The second rule of Fight Club is:ï¿½You do not talk about Fight Club.
Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight.
Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas.
Sixth rule: no shirts, no shoes.
Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to.
And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first night at Fight Club, youï¿½haveï¿½to fight.”