About this Blog
The Curmudgeon's Office blog is a spin off from my personal blog, Too Young To Be A Curmudgeon, which is full of random rants and thoughts I have on a whole host of topics. In an effort to be more organized, and also to attract a specific niche of followers, I decided to start a separate blog for my professional postings. At this blog, I'll post my tips, rants, and random thoughts on a host of professional topics from setting up a home office & office gadgets to 5S practices & time management.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Cunctando Regitur Mundus
It seems where ever you work, from time to time you will have to deal with office politics. It may be someone in a managerial position that has no business being there, or someone who is trying to advance his or her career by what I call "the aft career path" kissing butts and stabbing backs. We all need to deal with it, to a point.
I have a very low tolerance for the practice of politics in the workplace. But I also like having a job, so I do my best to stay out of the way of the "politicians" and avoid being involved in their little game.
One thing I've learned over the years is that a majority of these aft career path takers end up having to pay the piper. You can't always BS and brown nose your way entirely through your career. Eventually you'll have to back the buzzwords, empty promises, vague directions, double speak and delegations If you do your work in a honest, professional manner eventually you get there. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you have to cut your loses and go to a different company to be treated the way you deserve.
I recently read a book with a passage in it that included the Latin phrase Cunctando Regitur Mundus. Please don't ask me to pronounce it. Basically it means the patience will rule the world. I've found this to be a very helpful approach to how I view things at my current office. As I post this, we "waiting a few things out" so to speak at the office. Major long over due changes are looming. And to be completely honest, it's kind of entertaining to watch. Frustrating, but entertaining nonetheless.
Sometimes I have to say it (most likely pronounced not even remotely close to correct) in my head over and over. It does help. And it has a way more classy ring to it than "stick to the plan" or "keep your eye on the ball."
If someone hears you mumble Cunctando Regitur Mundus in a meeting, when a company kissass says "that's exactly what I was thinking, great idea boss!" they may be impressed with your intellect. Even if they can't understand it, Latin has a very distinguished, classy sound to it. Somebody could stand at a podium and read the phone book in Latin, and I would think it was some scholarly words of wisdom.
So as you patiently wait for people to get what's coming to them, Cunctando Regitur Mundus.