In China even the factory walls can talk
Imagine this.You’ve just finished a long, hard day at the office. You finally get home and settled on the couch before ripping into a book that’s all about dramas and politics of the office you just left.
Sounds like a nightmare, right? But these aptly titled “workplace novels” are hot literary property in China where cutthroat competition in the business world has made everyone desperate for any inside knowledge they can get their hands on.
Lu Qi, usually a martial arts novelist, has just sold one million copies of his book, Hidden in the Office, which contains 23 rules for getting ahead in the workplace.
At worst they read like a bad bunch of fortune cookies - at best they’re like inspired office proverbs and a subversive way of sticking the knife in your employer’s back.
Each rule in Lu Qi’s book is accompanied by an allegorical story surrounding the life of a white collar worker in a multi-national company that illustrates what the rules mean and how to put them into practice.
Here’s a selection:
Rule 8: Those who are just above you in the hierarchy are the most dangerous. Those of similar rank are enemies.
Rule 11: You don’t have to be loyal to your boss. You use him.
Rule 12: You are the dumbest if you think you are the smartest.
But of course most of us don’t work in Chinese multinationals. So we’ve gotta make up our own rules…
Rule 13: Taking reading material into the bathroom does not suggest job dedication.
Rule 14: While there may be no such thing as a dumb question, there is such a thing as a dumb employee.
Rule 15: When the boss says he likes to be challenged, he means he likes ‘yes’ men.
What rules would you add?
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