Lessons from Working Within a Hierarchy – Lesson 2

Almost all of us currently do or will need to participate within a hierarchy. Some hierarchies are very healthy and others are extremely toxic and everywhere in between. I write these posts to share with young people how to do well within hierarchies. I wish I would have realized these long ago when I started working in my company.

The idea that we will be judged entirely based on our merits and performance is rare, its partially our performance but most of the time more than half of our value is based on behaviors that we can exhibit toward the chain of command and/or senior leaders. These behaviors can instantly make us much more valuable in the perception of leadership. If we are disgusted in the senior leadership or are out of step with their vision we can expect to stay stagnant or pushed out until that is resolved.

Lesson 2:

The laws and ground rules (‘culture’) which defines success within a hierarchy is not necessarily based on truth or reality. Often they are based more on the preferences and ideals of the leader at the top. So our value within a hierarchy is defined by our relationship with, proximity and/or loyalty to its leader(s). We must stay on our toes because those culture-rules can rapidly change as the leader changes or as new leaders take over.

Life-Lessons From Working Within A Heirarchy

This post begins a short series of posts over the next few weeks on life-lessons from working within a hierarchy.
Lesson 1:

A fast way to get promoted is open and frequent displays of loyalty to the man with power. It causes him to use his power to set you over your peers. Which breaks down equality and mutual respect with peers, within the organization it makes you “right” and them “wrong”.

Fathers, Don’t Delegate This 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”‭‭ – Ephesians‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬ This verse implies that fathers not disciplining & instructing children causes anger.  Christian Fathers do not delegate by neglect “instructing in the Lord” to their   mothers and pastors … that […]

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