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Working in a Hostile Environment

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Now, on this blog I generally don’t discuss religion, but I take truth and inspiration where I can find it.

T.D. Jakes did a sermon/lecture called “The Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment.”

Here are the 10 commandments:

  1. GOD anoints you in trouble
  2. Don’t expect to be appreciated
  3. Seek opportunities to change the atmosphere without commenting on the problems
  4. Do your job well, but remember your mission
  5. Don’t let your environment get inside of you
  6. Increase your capacity to work with different personalities
  7. Remember that where you are does not define where you are going
  8. The goal is optimum results with minimum confusion
  9. Do not pledge allegence with the many clicks and groups that are normal at the workplace
  10. Always keep your song near you

I found this video series to be full of gems that most people can use to better navigate the sometimes troubles waters of the workplace. Better than me giving you information second-hand, I invite you to look at the video series yourself.

Below is the first video in the seven video series:

Let me know what you think.

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An Inconvenient Truth About Working While Black

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First off, this is not crying, pulling the race card or anything like that. This is just being 100% honest based on my personal e,periences. Funny thing is that oftentimes your antagonists in the workplace tend to look like you — from the same race or culture. Strange but true.

In my latest book, The 52 Corporate Caveats: How to Cover Your Ass in Corporate America, I offer up the following advice to Black men in leadership positions:

You’re a Black man in a leadership position in Corporate America. The media portrays you as a wild beast. Employees won’t give you the same respect that they GIVE to White men in your same position. You’ll have to EARN it. Mind your P’s and Q’s. Be fair, be honest and persevere.

As a Black (African-American) man who has worked in Corporate America for 25+ years and who is also a father, I must say that fictional character, Eli Pope, from the hit ABC television show, Scandal, really “keeps it real” with his daughter, Olivia. In my opinion, truer words have not been spoken. Pay attention specifically (for the purposes of this blog post) to what fictional character Eli Pope says to his daughter starting at 1:16 through 1:36. He really vocalizes how when your are Black, you have to work so much harder and still get less for their efforts. Yep, the game is kind of rigged.

Well, that is my two cents. As a Black man I would be irresponsible if I didn’t tell people what really goes on and to address the proverbial elephant in the room.

The bigotry and racism need to stop and be replaced by a system of justice that is truly fair to all. Regardless of race, creed, color, se,ual orientation, religion, gender, nationality, etc.

You know what, I will start a series of on social media called Inconvenient Truths using the hash tag #inconvenienttruths.

I leave you with the words of the great American (who happens to have been Black), Frederick Douglas:

“Men talk of the ‘negro problem’. There is no negro problem. The problem is whether they American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their own constitution. We intend that the American people shall learn the great lesson of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God from our presence among them.”

Thanks for your time.

YOU can resurrect!

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Though I am not religious, this is apropos for Easter weekend: Some may try to assassinate your reputation and burn down all that you worked for, but you are a phoenix and WILL rise from the ashes and achieve levels of success never before imagined.

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Stay focused. Stay strong. Stay calm. Stay humble.

Be thankful knowing that adversity is like childbirth in that it may be painful but brings forth a new life and opportunities at creating an enviable legacy.

Peace and good fortune to all.

What MAY happen when you fight back at work

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I have read a lot of self-help books on how to become successful at work and or a business venture. Those books are full of the good stuff but fail to highlight the flip side of the coin-the bad stuff. Well, I’m going to give you the real deal.

In my first professional development book, THE WHOLE 9 YARDS, I touch on how you can protect yourself by networking at company events and the corporate HQ so that others know who you actually are and not what some slanderers may have said you are. My next book, THE 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS will deal with the strategies on how to protect yourself from back-stabbers and career saboteurs who are out to get you. Some are just jealous while others will be out to get you because you will not engage in unethical (and at times illegal) activities with them. Once you are identified as a person that will not play their game, they will train their guns on you.

The practical reason why you shouldn’t engage in unethical or illegal activities at work goes beyond morals. You are most likely the low man on the proverbial totem pole and if things go wrong, guess who the fall guy will be? YOU! In my 25 plus years of working in Corporate America, I have seen this happen time and time again.

I recommend that you resist engaging in any unethical or illegal activities that your superiors ask you to perform or turn a blind eye to at work. You turning a blind eye makes you just as guilty. However, I must give you a fair warning. When you blow the whistle, oftentimes they will retaliate against you. You will be ostracized. You will be passed over for opportunities. You will be slandered. You may be forced to resign our outright fired.

I fancy myself as being like Liam Neeson in the movie TAKEN. Here is a visual of what can possibly happen when you stand up for what is right:

However, my upcoming book, THE 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS will give you strategies that I have used successfully to slay more than one dragon in Corporate America. I will release the book within the next 60 days. It will be available as an ebook (“locked” .pdf download) and probably a print version as well.

CLICK HERE to learn about a resource from the book that I recommend you jump on right away.

Remember, documentation is the queen of the chessboard and the above resource helps you checkmate any bull a bully boss may hurl your way. FYI, for those that don’t know, the queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard.

Simple solutions on how to protect yourself at work

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bad-bosses-resized-600For your Job Security, Job Satisfaction and Job Success, I encourage you to use SkloverWorkingWisdom™ Model Letters, Memos, Checklists and Agreements. Whether you want to Respond to a Performance Review or PIP, submit an “Involuntary Resignation, Ask for More Severance, Reply to a Job Offer, or 130 other “Navigations” or “Negotiations” at Work, these show you “What to Say and How to Say It.”

Please check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Mission Accomplie!

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This 8-part Triple Rhyme Poem was inspired by George Lucas’s blockbuster film, Star Wars.

Read between the lines and perhaps you can relate this to a situation your life or one that you may be aware of.

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As is my custom, song titles are hyper-linked to their audio files on GrooveShark.com.

Enjoy the poem!

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“Mission Accomplie!”

© 2014 Tyrone Turner

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Gold Leader, this is Dragon Slayer, do you copy? Over.

Victory is sweet like a box of candies from Russell Stover,

And more cherished than my loyal Labrador Retriever named Rover.

I ran my sortie as commanded and I hit the bullseye.

When I saw my missiles hit the target I let out a deep sigh.

I was overtaken with joy and I began to cry.

So long has this evil empire oppressed us and killed our heroes.

We sat and watched in terror while our allies fell one by one like dominoes.

Now it is time for The Big Payback because that how Karma goes.

Burn Baby Burn like a Disco Inferno for your blood lust.

No one is going to miss your tyrannical reign so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Your villainy broke the covenant you had with your subjects which is a sacred trust.

Working together while feeling the fear and doing it anyway we toppled this savage beast.

They deserve the worst of everything but they will have to Ante Up now at least.

They were looking westward but our squadron swooped in on them from the east.

You let me have the honor of taking the kill shot and I am grateful.

The things this despotic regime did to me and my family was so hateful.

Revenge is a dish best served cold so I served up a plateful.

Gold Leader, we lost a lot of pilots and ships on this run but it was not for naught.

I’m proud of my brothers and sisters-in-arms because to the very last they fought.

They understood that freedom isn’t free and blood, sweat and tears is the currency in which in must be bought.

Our determination made it happen because there is no “I” in the word “We.”

Pardon my French but I blew them to f*cking bits! Use your long range scanners to see.

Oh damn. Going back to my French I’ll just say, “Mission accomplie!”

Here Be Dragons? Well, Here Comes the Slayer!

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I hope that you like this Shakespearean/English styled sonnet. It is about fighting back against bullies in the workplace. That is a topic that is very personal to me. I don’t like bullies and I don’t like folks to mess with my money. Can you dig that? Enjoy!

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“Here Be Dragons? Well, Here Comes the Slayer!”

© 2014 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

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Fire-breathing, ferocious and dangerous.
Evoking fear among sinners and saints.
Destroying lives of those who cause a fuss.
Making people too scared to file complaints.

The belly of the beast is where we dwell;
The foul stench and viscous slime all around.
Lamenting in the inferno of Hell.
Ignoring cries for help; we’re numb to sound.

The monster must die before we’re consumed.
A dagger to the heart; blows to the head.
With true words as your sword the fiend is doomed.
Karma craves justice and she must be fed.

Not apathetic or a naysayer
Here be dragons? Well, here comes the slayer!

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