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The 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS
What You Need to Know to Survive in Corporate America
By Tyrone Turner
Sample Version for SlideSh...
L E G A L S T U F F
Author: Tyrone Turner
Email: tyroneturner1@gmail.com
All rights reserved. No part of this ebook may be...
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
DEDICATION
SPECIAL THANKS
INTRODUCTION
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
THE 52 CORPORATE C...
A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S
The following individuals have been a huge help in guiding me through
the sometimes troubl...
D E D I C A T I O N
This ebook is dedicated to all of the hard-working people out there
who are doing all they can to prot...
S P E C I A L T H A N K S
Thank you to my best friend, who is more like a brother, David S.
Bunch. He is known affectionat...
I N T R O D U C T I O N
First things first, this ebook is written specifically but not
exclusively for intrapreneurial emp...
practices like retaliating against you for reporting harassment or an
unsafe work environment. I have resources listed lik...
It is funny how the number of caveats that I tweeted about ending up
being 52. The number 52 is special to me because you ...
“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES”
This is a 34-part haiku chain poem. Some of the haiku even rhyme. I
think that I’ll call my rhyming ha...
You will learn who you
really are. Adversity
alone will show you.
Colin Powell said,
“Get mad, get over it then
get going....
unpleasant surprise.
You were not supposed
to be able to respond.
They thought you beaten.
Little did they know
how thick ...
you – or attempt to do, may
indeed be heinous.
However, do not
hate them. Hate blinds you. It makes
you brash and reckless...
Be not the one to
be called an aggressor, but
one who defends well.
That way, perhaps your
reputation will serve as
a dete...
instead. Psychological
warfare hurts their heads.
Their greed and lowly
scruples give them gall to run
into a brick wall.
...
Be patient and let
things take their course then ride-off
on your swift white horse.
It is a sweet thing
to give them a ki...
Read The 48
Laws of Power so over
foes you will tower.
Learn from the book The
33 Strategies of
War to tilt the score.
“Wh...
called it “Rope-a-Dope.”
#####
Learn who is who. Friend,
foe, or frenemy. Just please
love your enemies.
5 2 C O R P O R A T E C A V E A T S
1. Appreciate your rivals. They push you to stay on your toes and
out-maneuver them. T...
tough but it is a different thing once you have to walk the
walk. As it is said in boxing, “Everybody has a plan until
the...
F. A. M. I. L. Y. I N T H E W O R K P L A C E
Okay, I talked about how things can suck so it is only fair that I
offer a s...
Everyone is to be treated with appreciation and respect, and any
progress or special dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries ...
The best ideas come from the field. I heard that Post-It® Notes was
created by a 3M employee. Companies should start payin...
said in his song, RAW, “I worked like a slave so I can become a
master.” Ideally, this is how one gets promoted.
All six p...
M O D E L E M P L O Y M E N T C O N T R A C T
This model employment contract is taken from page 179, Appendix A in
the boo...
3. Employer may terminate employee’s employment only for just cause
or lack of work.
4. In the event of termination of emp...
9. By signing this agreement employee warrants that he/she has had
one week to consider it before signing with the opportu...
C O N C L U S I O N
Well, I hope that you found this ebook helpful. I dare not get too
deep into things by giving you actu...
All the best to you in your current and future endeavors.
C O R P O R A T E S U R V I V A L R E S O U R C E S
Workplace Fairness www.WorkplaceFairness.org
Model Letters to Keep You...
A B O U T T H E A U T H O R
Tyrone Turner has been working in Corporate America for more than 25
years. During that time h...
Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.
The page addresses are www.linkedin.com/in/tyroneturner and
www.tw...
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  1. 1. The 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS What You Need to Know to Survive in Corporate America By Tyrone Turner Sample Version for SlideShare
  2. 2. L E G A L S T U F F Author: Tyrone Turner Email: tyroneturner1@gmail.com All rights reserved. No part of this ebook may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system without written permission from the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. Disclaimer The author, advisors no any of the resources named in this ebook shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused by any of the ideas mentioned directly or indirectly in this ebook. Also, the persons mentioned in this ebook are fictional and any similarities to actual people are purely coincidental. Copyright © 2013 by Tyrone Turner First Edition United States of America
  3. 3. T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS DEDICATION SPECIAL THANKS INTRODUCTION LOVE YOUR ENEMIES THE 52 CORPORATE CAVEATS WHAT TO DO WHEN IT HITS THE FAN F.A.M.I.L.Y. IN THE WORKPLACE MODEL EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT CONCLUSION CORPORATE SURVIAL RESOURCES ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  4. 4. A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S The following individuals have been a huge help in guiding me through the sometimes troubled waters of Corporate America: Alan Sklover, Esq. Ciro DiSclafani Marilyn Gibbs David S. Bunch (“Sensei Buddha”)
  5. 5. D E D I C A T I O N This ebook is dedicated to all of the hard-working people out there who are doing all they can to protect and provide for themselves and their families.
  6. 6. S P E C I A L T H A N K S Thank you to my best friend, who is more like a brother, David S. Bunch. He is known affectionately as “Sensei Buddha.” You are a great teacher and a cherished friend. Thank you to my friend and mentor, Ciro DiSclafani. Your coaching has helped me better appreciate and exercise the art of asking questions and active listening. I cannot call you by name, but you know who you are; those covert operatives who have guarded my flank and pulled my coat to plots being cooked-up against me. Without your help, I would have been a casualty of war a long time of go. Thank you to my enemies. You have helped to learn more about myself and to identify who my true friends, allies, frenemies and enemies are. I love you for that.
  7. 7. I N T R O D U C T I O N First things first, this ebook is written specifically but not exclusively for intrapreneurial employees, older employees, employees who are exceptionally good at what they do and those who have never worked in but will be entering Corporate America. Robert Greene, the author of the The 48 Laws of Power and the The 33 Strategies of War, inspired me to write this paper. The title of this ebook, The 52 Corporate Caveats, is intended to pay homage to him. I learned so much from his books and adapted and applied the lessons learned to the workplace. I have worked in Corporate America for more than 25 years. I have met some good, outgoing people along the way. I have also met some real jerks along the way too. There is also a healthy compliment of people who are either apathetic or too afraid to get involved with issues in the workplace. This book is meant to shed some light on some of the shady things you should know about what you may experience while working in Corporate America. It is not all doom and gloom, but I want to tell you the real deal on how things go down. I am not a lawyer, but one thing that you should know of the bat is that the “At Will Employment Doctrine” is bull…! We’re fed that nonsense so that employers can protect themselves from governmental investigations and civil lawsuits. Bad employers tend to hide the At Will employment lie cover-up their unfair and at times illegal
  8. 8. practices like retaliating against you for reporting harassment or an unsafe work environment. I have resources listed like Adam Sklover’s Sklover Working Wisdom blog and Workplace Fairness’s website that you can refer to for more information on at will employment and how to protect yourself against it and other shenanigans. Their website addresses are listed in the Corporate Survival Resources section at the end of this report. My upbringing, the U.S. Army and my martial arts training have certainly prepared me to be mentally tougher and more tenacious than most. However, most of the things that I will be sharing can easily be adopted and applied by just about anybody. The secret to survival is being alert and aware of what is going on around you. When you see that pile of poop, don’t step in it. When you see the writing on the wall, read it and heed it. I started sharing the various warning that I will be sharing in this book on Twitter under the hash tag #loveyourenemies. Some of my connections encouraged me to expand on what I was sharing so here it is. There ended up being 52 tweets (i.e., posting on Twitter) so that is where I came up with the number 52. I will provide brief explanations on what is meant by each statement. The explanations are meant to be thought-provoking. They are not meant to be exhaustive explanations or proverbial “magic bullets.” Put on your thinking caps, and draw on what you already know – what you have experienced, seen or heard. Experience is always the best teacher, but it need not be your personal experience.
  9. 9. It is funny how the number of caveats that I tweeted about ending up being 52. The number 52 is special to me because you have 52 cards in a deck of playing cards and there is an urban combat system called “52 Blocks.” This book is certainly 52 cards that you should have in your deck that will help you be able to take a defensive or an offensive posture depending on the circumstances – just like “52 Blocks.” When I use the words enemy, foe, rival, adversary or hater in this book, I am referring to a jealous peer at your job who always seem to try to throw you under the bus for their own self-interest, or a horrible boss that feels threatened by you or is just a jerk for no apparent reason at all. Thank you in advance for your time and attention and I sincerely hope that you find value in what is shared here in this paper.
  10. 10. “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” This is a 34-part haiku chain poem. Some of the haiku even rhyme. I think that I’ll call my rhyming haiku Haiku Rhyme Chains. By the way, make sure to love your enemies. When you do, it really peeves-off those dirty rats!  Enjoy the poem! “Love Your Enemies” © 2013 Tyrone Turner All rights reserved. They give you focus. They ignite your passion and make you determined.
  11. 11. You will learn who you really are. Adversity alone will show you. Colin Powell said, “Get mad, get over it then get going.” Wise words. Do not let anger consume you to the point of becoming reckless. Do not waddle in the cesspool of self-pity. It yields no results. When one is prepared a counter-strike will be an
  12. 12. unpleasant surprise. You were not supposed to be able to respond. They thought you beaten. Little did they know how thick and impregnable your castle’s walls are. How deep your moat and accurate your archers. The oil pours so hot. They thought you to be alone, but you have allies and wise advisors. What foes may do to
  13. 13. you – or attempt to do, may indeed be heinous. However, do not hate them. Hate blinds you. It makes you brash and reckless. Be thankful for what they teach you. For how they push you to new limits. JFK said, “Fix your roof when the sun is shining.” Not when it’s raining. Use times of calm to fortify your defenses. Prepare for battle.
  14. 14. Be not the one to be called an aggressor, but one who defends well. That way, perhaps your reputation will serve as a deterring force. To sum this all up take the time to remember this haiku chain rhyme: ##### To your rivals you owe a debt. Pay them back by not getting upset. Work to get even
  15. 15. instead. Psychological warfare hurts their heads. Their greed and lowly scruples give them gall to run into a brick wall. That wall is one of your castle’s walls. Now you have them by their damned balls. You don’t have to turn the other cheek. Not when its justice that you seek. Do all you can to keep the peace. However, do not let good sense cease.
  16. 16. Be patient and let things take their course then ride-off on your swift white horse. It is a sweet thing to give them a kiss and watch their pants soil with piss. Kind of like how Mike told Fredo, “I know it was you.” Smell the doo-doo? [Sidebar, click on the link below to see a clip from the Godfather II http://youtu.be/lv00uh1XsHs where Mike Corleone “sons” his brother Fredo] Be well-schooled in the compiled teachings of Robert Greene. Know what I mean?
  17. 17. Read The 48 Laws of Power so over foes you will tower. Learn from the book The 33 Strategies of War to tilt the score. “What would Jesus do?” Well, look what they did to him so they will screw you. Kill them with kindness. The unjust will think you dumb, blind and mindless. Feigning weakness is a smart way to cope. Ali
  18. 18. called it “Rope-a-Dope.” ##### Learn who is who. Friend, foe, or frenemy. Just please love your enemies.
  19. 19. 5 2 C O R P O R A T E C A V E A T S 1. Appreciate your rivals. They push you to stay on your toes and out-maneuver them. They help you sharpen your sword. Why is Chevrolet such an improved automaker? Probably because of Ford, Chrysler and imported options. Competitors cause you to think outside of the box and do things that you may not have thought possible. Sometimes you need a little push. Even when it is one of the haters at work who are trying to throw you under the bus. 2. Rivals use tactics that you can prep for in future battles and even use against others. An unconventional advisory staff. When a coworker does you dirty at work, shame on them for being a dirt bag. If you let it happen to you a second time, shame on you for being asleep at the wheel. Take note of what they did to you and perhaps it is a tactic that you can employ in the future to “off” one of your rivals. 3. Foes help you to determine the borders of your soul -- you'll know when you’re firing on all cylinders or where you're weak. Your enemies will let you know who you are. It is easy to talk
  20. 20. tough but it is a different thing once you have to walk the walk. As it is said in boxing, “Everybody has a plan until they get hit.” The founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, emphasized the need for free fighting (randori) because you will never know what you’re made of until you meet a resisting opponent. 4. Keep your adversaries where you can see them. It is so much fun to see them feign happiness at your achievements. Once your enemies reveal themselves, keep your eyes on them. It is like baseball – keep your eye on the ball. You must keep them close so you can better study them. Also, it is somewhat amusing to watch them fake their joy at your accomplishments. That is when they really reveal themselves. They may smile but their eyes reveal their true feelings. 5. Some become too emotional and public in their attempt to discredit you. This causes new-found helpers come to your aid. According to THE BIBLE, Pontius Pilate washed his hands from having any responsibility for Jesus’s crucifixion and execution. There are some good people in Corporate America that will do things to help you when they see that someone is out to get you. Believe me when I tell you, without the aid of these new-found allies, you’ll be toast.
  21. 21. F. A. M. I. L. Y. I N T H E W O R K P L A C E Okay, I talked about how things can suck so it is only fair that I offer a solution. You know, it always killed me on some folks criticize things but never offer alternatives. I remember when I was at a seminar a few years back and the author of The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson, said, “Have you noticed that there are no statues erected in the honor of critics?” That is so true! I committed at that moment to not criticize anything unless I was willing to work on finding a better way. So, what with this proposed workplace code I’m not talking about bringing the kids and your spouse to work. I’m talking about a new doctrine that could be used in the workplace that could yield better results; more revenue, more happiness and more hope for advancement. F.A.M.I.L.Y. is an acronym. I would be remiss if I did not admit that this was inspired by my experience working in the direct selling industry where cooperation is encouraged over competition. A good leader should work to encourage these things in her little fiefdom in order to create the “perfect workplace.” Now, people are not perfect, but if we adopt this as our code we will get better. Here is what F.A.M.I.L.Y. is all about: Fairness
  22. 22. Everyone is to be treated with appreciation and respect, and any progress or special dates (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries with the company, promotions, etc.) should be celebrated. Your skin color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, handicaps, health nor any other legally protected class should be a factor. Whether you average-looking, ugly, drop-dead gorgeous matters not. It is all about giving everyone equal access to opportunities and to due process. Accountability Everyone is to be held accountable for their actions and/or the lack thereof. No more “throwing others under the bus” to save one’s own hide. How can you have true success at work when everyone is suspicious of each other? Let’s all be adults and like President Harry Truman used to say, “The buck stops here.” That is the mindset that needs to be instilled in today’s workers. Merit-based Promotions Ideally, promotions will be based on merit. Let’ start picking the right man for the job. By the way, oftentimes, the right man for the job is a woman. Organizations can’t achieve greatness with “hooking- up” their cronies. Put the right people in right positions and beautiful things can happen. Intrapreneurship
  23. 23. The best ideas come from the field. I heard that Post-It® Notes was created by a 3M employee. Companies should start paying attention that their employees have a wealth of ideas. As a matter of fact, companies oftentimes steal employee-generated ideas and claim them as their own intellectual property as per the employee handbook. Dang. At least give the employees some sort of incentives and recognition. Well, they don’t know about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. code yet so maybe they’ll do better once we school them. Nurture employees and encourage them to come up with new ways to do things or to submit product ideas. Have them take entrepreneurial-like initiatives while working for the company. Intrapreneurship is the new cool. Leadership I believe that leaders are made, not born. Skills can be taught. If you want your employees to be better, Corporate America has to do better with giving them educational opportunities. This can be classroom instruction, tuition reimbursement, mentorship or cross- training. Also, leaders need to understand that you must be a servant to your employees first. Being the boss doesn’t mean that you have to be a “double S.O.B.” spelled backwards! Yeoman Work Ethic Projects should be handled with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency from beginning to end. Revenue is lost because of lethargic work habits. Work hard so you can play hard. Like the great rapper, Big Daddy Kane
  24. 24. said in his song, RAW, “I worked like a slave so I can become a master.” Ideally, this is how one gets promoted. All six parts of F.A.M.I.L.Y. are interdependent on each other. You have to have all of them firing on all cylinders to create the perfect workplace. Will there ever be the perfect workplace? No. Nonetheless, it is an ideal to strive for because most current options stink.
  25. 25. M O D E L E M P L O Y M E N T C O N T R A C T This model employment contract is taken from page 179, Appendix A in the book You Could Be Fired For Reading This Book; by Glenn Solomon, Esq. This sample employment contract is inspired by the Model Employment Termination Act (META). It was adopted in 1991 by the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. According to Mr. Solomon, out of the 50 states in our great union only Montana has adopted laws based or are similar to the principles outlined in META. Employment Contract It is hereby agreed between _____________________ (Employer) and _____________________ (Employee) as follows: 1. Employee is hired by Employer for the position of _____________________, beginning _____________________. 2. Employee’s compensation is to be _____________________.
  26. 26. 3. Employer may terminate employee’s employment only for just cause or lack of work. 4. In the event of termination of employment employee has the right to submit the issue of just cause or lack of work to arbitration. 5. The arbitrator is to be chosen by the parties with responsibility and costs to be determined by the arbitrator. 6. In the event that the arbitrator finds that termination is no supported by just cause or lack of work the remedy shall be limited to reinstatement with or without back pay or front pay in lieu of reinstatement when reinstatement is impracticable. 7. Employee and employer have the right to representation by counsel at their own expense in arbitration. 8. In exchange for protection against at-will termination employee gives up the right to sue under federal or state law for employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, or breach of contract and accepts arbitration of all disputes according to this agreement as the sole recourse.
  27. 27. 9. By signing this agreement employee warrants that he/she has had one week to consider it before signing with the opportunity to consult with an attorney. Employee understands that he/she can rescind this agreement within fourteen days of execution. 10. This Agreement supersedes any previous agreement as well as any non-competition agreement or other employment agreement between the parties that is inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement. 11. Except for paragraph 2, this Agreement can only be modified in writing. 12. Employee does not agree to give up the right to termination only for just cause or lack of work in exchange for an increase in compensation. _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ for Employer Employee date: date:
  28. 28. C O N C L U S I O N Well, I hope that you found this ebook helpful. I dare not get too deep into things by giving you actual names, events, locations, dates, and why certain things happened. That would be unwise and could possible open me up to lawsuits. However, the intention of this ebook was to provoke thought and to pull your coat to some things you can do and resources you can use to protect yourself and/or get justice for wrongs done against you. Please, don’t let the bastards get you down. Do your job to the best of your ability but do not eat crap – stand up for your rights and demand respect. The info in this ebook has given you A LOT of options that I did not have. Take heed of what was shared here become the best professional possible. Remember to protect yourself at all times. Unfortunately sometimes bad things happen to good people. Don’t take it personally but don’t take things sitting down either. The squeaky wheel gets the grease but sometimes the squeaky wheel gets “greased” (i.e., fired). Keep clean and document, document, document as it is the best way to protect yourself. Personal notes are cool but email communications to and from your enemies are solid gold. With emails, make sure to bcc (blind carbon copy) your personal email account so that you always have a record. You’re the dealer of this deck of cards and you ultimately are in control of your destiny.
  29. 29. All the best to you in your current and future endeavors.
  30. 30. C O R P O R A T E S U R V I V A L R E S O U R C E S Workplace Fairness www.WorkplaceFairness.org Model Letters to Keep You Out of Trouble at Work www.SkloverWorkingWisdom.com Legal Expenses Insurance Plans www.LegalShield.com The National Labor Relations Board www.nlrb.gov The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission www.eeoc.gov The Occupational Safety & Health Administration www.osha.gov United States Attorney’s Office www.justice.gov/usao/ Protect Your Online Reputation www.BrandYourself.com
  31. 31. A B O U T T H E A U T H O R Tyrone Turner has been working in Corporate America for more than 25 years. During that time he has seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the stupid. His hometown is the Bronx (NYC) and he currently lives with his family in Queens, New York. He is a consultant that helps intrapreneurs achieve their goals and helps organizations and companies improve overall performance. He has released three other books to date. They are a business networking book entitled The Whole 9 Yards: Breaking Tackles While Building Your Brand, and two poetry books; For the Love of Women of Color and The Morning After. He has more information products and poetry-related projects in production. He is a martial artist and enjoys writing poetry, exercising, and meeting new people.
  32. 32. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter. The page addresses are www.linkedin.com/in/tyroneturner and www.twitter.com/tyroneturner respectively. His business blog is at www.Whole9YardsBook.com. He can be reached via email at tyroneturner1@gmail.com or by phone at 347.948.3255.

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