People often ask me, “Cranky, what is the secret to success in the business world?” As one who spent 40 years toiling for a large brokerage firm, starting at the bottom and ending up above bottom, it is little wonder that I am chosen to impart the secret to success in the business world.
Number three; never do anything if you can get someone else to do it for you. This allows you to take credit for skillful delegating when a project is successful, while allowing you to throw someone under the bus if the project fails. Never offer an idea at a meeting, but always voice your concern, “That sounds great Bob, but I’m concerned that if it doesn’t work it could be expensive.” If the idea works, you were behind it. If it flops, well you were concerned! If anything goes wrong, such as a new computer program or a sales idea flops, be the first to question, “Didn’t anyone test that?”