There are many ways to climb the corporate ladder.
Some resort to the spoken word though most of us use the fingers to do the talking. They dictate procedures, write elaborate steps on how to behave in an organization, checklists for almost everything in the office; from switching off the power, to what to do if you are the first person to enter office. They use the written word as the power to make their point.
Then there are those who excel with the details. They believe that they are model employees for they only dish out model after model. Every time there is a review or a necessity to behave like Janus at the beginning of the year they come into action. They look at the past and take a look at the future and do the necessary crystal ball gazing. They are perhaps most at home sitting at the ideal cubicle-d office neatly arranged in rows and columns. Once in a while they take a cursory look at who is around them and get on with their bounden duty to copy records from one file to the other. Very particular about the form and the format of their figures they drive most of the sales personnel out of their wits. Their formula for success does not work for all – most of us are caught in an illogical situation of being in a circular reference.
The most interesting of the lot are those who believe they have a special power to make a point. It takes a certain showmanship to carry this out. You often see them slide in and out of conference rooms. There are many types of these particular beings. Some believe in writing the whole story with no recourse to the spoken word. They let their work to speak for itself. A classic example would be this fine story that many of us have heard. Most of us fall in between.
Some words are in the present tense and rest in the active voice over the heads of the audience who have slid down the chair to avoid the heavy story within.
Some of those believe that a picture speaks volumes sometimes more than a thousand words. They make their point by importance to the spoken word.
A rarefied few have gain access to the corporate vision and spend their time architecting the enterprise. They are far and few between and they do not fall in any of the three classes above. So there!