RULE 98

Know the mission statement – and understand it

In the good old days, a company’s mission statement was probably: ‘Make as much money as possible and keep the shareholders off our back.’ Not any more it ain’t. A mission statement is now much more complex. If you want to make a success of your employment, you have to know and understand the mission statement – and then milk it for all you are worth. Quoting the mission statement earns you brownie points if you make sure it looks as if you are really on the side of the company. If your boss doesn’t support the mission statement, or considers such things as rubbish and not worth bothering with, then keep quiet about mission statements.

To understand the mission statement is usually quite ...

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