If you work for someone, then work for him. Speak well of him and stand by the institution he represents. Remember, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must growl, condemn, and eternally find fault, resign your position and when you are on the outside, complain to your heart’s content. But as long as you are a part of the institution do not condemn it. (Elbert Hubbard)
During my military cadet years in college, we were made to memorize this Pledge of Loyalty by Hubbard. We were also asked to recite before we conduct any ‘military meeting or assembly.’
I knew those lines by heart but never truly comprehend what they meant until I started my corporate career, more when I started freelancing in 2003.
Military organizations demand loyalty at all cost and at all times. Early in my corporate and business life, Hubbard’s pledge evoked a deeper meaning. Organization expects their employees to be loyal, but not demanded. It is embedded in the culture. It is simply expected as a norm. For example, when I was with Coke, we are discouraged from drinking competitors’ soda brand. It is an unwritten policy.obey your bossBut how do you show loyalty to your boss, and in my case, to my client? Here’s my second practical tip to manage your boss:
Do things his / her way
I can hear you protesting there. I’m serious.
Do things his way and you will never be wrong. It does not negate your creativity if you follow orders like a military junior officer obeying (sometimes blindly) his commander. You can still be creative while following instructions.
In my opinion, lawful orders that are not contrary to morals should be obeyed at all times.
A boss or a client for freelancer earned his rights to give orders and can demand fulfillment thereof. It started when you accepted the job offer.
You may always suggest your way. However, if you want to manage your boss well, do it his way. In the end, it his call. And it his responsibility. Good bosses will always take responsibility for the results of decisions and output from their people.
What do you think? Can you do things your boss’ or client’s way or assert yourself?