Corporate Survival 101 should be a mandatory class in all higher-ed institutions. Instead of Statistics 101 (which let’s be honest ––most of us never used), students should immerse themselves in a course that focuses on the complex corporate dynamics, office politics, workplace ethics, and how to work with
f*cked up challenging personalities. Not only are these topics critical for corporate survival, but they are also transferrable toward many other complex life situations, like marriage, parenting, or surviving the prison system.
Lucky for you, Surfing Corporate created an 11-Step Guide that helps you avoid classic corporate landmines.
1. BEFORE CHOOSING A SEAT AT A CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE, UNDERSTAND THE ‘SECRET SEATING’ HIERARCHY
Conference rooms contain sweet spots (chairs that offer a view or are better positioned to look at a monitor). Take your time to observe where key people sit before making a chair claim. Making the rookie mistake of sitting in the CEO’s unofficial favorite chair (or any other C-suite executives’ chair) make your chances of corporate survival diminish by 73.2% *.
* Possibly a made up stat