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I read this interesting post on Facebook recently:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president.
The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a ‘Post Turtle’”.
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a ‘post turtle’ was.
The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle’.”

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain. “You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with.”

Now we know about Trudeau and Obama being good examples of people who are positions they shouldn’t logically be in, but how does this relate to BUSINESS?

Being in a position of leadership doesn’t make you a leader, anymore than being promoted to a managerial position makes you a manager. We’re all familiar with the Peter Principle. So what do you do when you’re saddled with one of these posers in business and there’s nothing you can do about it?

1. Plan and strategise around it. Usually, they’re bound to fail within a certain amount of time. Prepare for that eventuality. Take advantage of information nobody else cares to see or acknowledge, since most people live in denial and childishly believe things will last forever.

2. Distance yourself from them as soon as possible. You will be judged by the company you have kept when the chickens come home to roost.

3. You will find them going on the attack and blaming others when their performance starts to come unglued, and if you’re a winner, you’ll probably be one of those blamed and attacked for their bad choices and ineptitude – tall trees catch the wind. Don’t bother to defend yourself when this happens; ignore them and keep on preparing for the day they leave. Ignoring someone is, after all, the greatest insult, and you don’t want to lower yourself to their level. Wrestling with pigs just makes you muddy. Rather break off communications with them.

4. Team up with others in your position.

Those who maintain their objectivity, perspective, and sense of humour and keep their options open always win in the long run.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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