‘Rules are made to be broken’, you are familiar with the cliche. Albeit being inappropriate, it still can be applied on some contexts. And most of the successful people have done that. Here are some of these,
Rule to Break: Become a Great Multitasker
The myth of multitasking for efficiency has been busted. However, it still has a powerful hold over us, especially with smart phones and other technologies that allow our brains to distract us. Multitasking leads to more mistakes due to the mental tendency to favor new information over old; a distorted sense of time, taking far longer than necessary to accomplish the important things; lost time as you bounce back and forth between tasks.
Rule to Break: More Is Better
This is actually true in a very few cases, yet it is a dominant belief in our society. More responsibility is given by moving someone up the ladder, even though doing so may not be in the best interests of the individual or organization.
Rule to Break: Fight Fair
Can you count on a coworker in competition with you to highlight favorable details about your project or results when she makes a presentation to your bosses? If you must “fight,” you must be offensive and unconventional in your approach. This means being aggressive and leveraging surprise to defeat your competition. However, you can be intensely competitive while at the same time super cooperative. It requires deep confidence in your skills and the personal power you bring to the table so you can help others without feeling as if you were risking your own win in the process.
Rule to Break: Always Tell the Truth
It’s important to learn what truth to tell to whom—the whole, part, or none. Often, it’s a good idea to filter truth to protect others or deceive an opponent. Sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and be proved as one.
Rule to Break: Nothing Good Comes Free
In today’s marketplace, the real commodity is trust. How do we earn customers’ or clients’ trust? By helping they achieve their goals without asking for anything in return. Consumers increasingly expect this in the form of free white papers, free samples, and free consultations. What you offer has to have real value, it won’t work if you offer something they can’t actually use or implement.