It's happening more often: The partners you aligned yourself with are demoted or even forced out. That's how things go in a flat market.
Well, all players are learning plenty from the Trump Phenomenon. That's created a complex tutorial of how power is lost and the struggle to regain it. Some like Paul Ryan succeeded. Others like Mitt Romney could remain in the political wilderness.
In addition, there have been myriad articles published on making it through your specific situation. That is, office politics. As you know, to even hold on to a job you need to make more right moves than wrong.
But, now you realize you have made a wrong move. Here are 6 tips.
- Don't take the nights of the long knives personally. It's standard operating procedure, and one levered in Trumpism, to humiliate. If you accept that's the game, you can avoid reacting.
- Be prepared to lose your job. In the best case scenario, your tormentors will stop and move on to other developments. At worst, you could lose your job. Assess how bad things are. You might have to figure out how to get a good exit package. Yes, call in your favors as you start your job search.
- Use your circle of influence. The odds are that you developed alliances with those not in any danger. Strategically think how you can get their help without appearing desperate.
- Offer to do good deeds for the opposition. But present those smoothly. The managing partner's husband wants to leave X media outlet. You have connections at Y media outlet. Ask if it would useful to set up an interview.
- Drop the ego and admit you had been misguided. The trick is to do that from a position of strength. Your brief is praised. Then is the time to roll out your mea culpa.
- Maintain presence. Appearance is everything. You will be judged on how you handled yourself during this crisis. A useful read is "Presence" by Amy Cuddy.
Full disclosure: In my first corporate job - an old-line oil company - the middle manager who hired me was fired. I had only been there three months. You bet, I had been loyal, as the standard career guides told me to be.
During the nights of the long knives, I made it my business to arrive early, stay very late and come in weekends. I did keep my job. But my career mobility was doomed. Just after my second anniversary I landed a much better job.
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