Reel Life Lessons At Work

By: Stanislaus Jude Chan

In Good Company is a refreshing comedy, rallying againstcorporate treachery and mass globalisation. Behind the laughs,the Hollywood blockbuster carries some important lessons for thefirst days on your new job!

Work Full Days

Carter Duryea has no friends, no family and no life outside ofhis job. Recently divorced from his wife of seven months, Carterplunges into his work like a man possessed. Or maybe hisobsession with work led to his failed marriage, but which camefirst: the chicken or the egg? Either way, we roll over thepopcorn-filled floor in laughter at his expense.

Unlike Topher Grace's character, we strongly suggest (read:forcefully demand) you DO NOT sleep in the office, overdose oncaffeine, or substitute a flat-screen plasma TV in the cubiclefor the great outdoors. However, we do recommend working fulldays, especially early on in the job. There's nothing likecoming in late and leaving on the dot to kill any good firstimpressions you managed to make.

Mentor Freshness

Dan Foreman enjoys a wonderful, albeit peculiarly hilarious,relationship with his boss. This is insignificant - until youlearn that the young upstart Carter Duryea is half his age, tookover his position at the head of America's most respected sportsmagazine, and is dating his daughter.

While we cannot help but feel sorry for Dennis Quaid's on-screenpersona, there is a warmth about the relationship that the twomen share. Dan is the father figure, inadvertently guidingCarter despite the rift between them. Also endearing is Carter'sattempts to protect Dan from being "let go".

If there is no formal mentoring programme in your organisation,find your own informal one! Connecting with a senior executivein your first days could prove invaluable. There is nothing likesomeone to show you the ropes and aid your assimilation into thecorporate culture. But do remember not to "force" therelationship and do resist the urge to butter up your superiors!

A For Attitude

Do you jump out of bed each morning, ready to embrace your joband your day at the office? Or do you, like the rest of us, hitthe snooze button on your alarm clock several times beforecrawling out from under the sheets and hauling yourself intothrough the doors of the company with less than 30 seconds tospare?

Remember how it feels - or felt - on the first day: full ofexcitement, and challenges. There's a great deal to learn, andso much to look forward to. You're raring to go! Now, repeatthat experience everyday, and treat each day like it was yourfirst.

There is no better remedy to any problem than a positiveattitude. Show your team how enthusiastic you are to beginworking, and inspire others with your fervour. As Dan Foremanputs it, the reason he is successful is that he believes in whathe does. He wouldn't be doing it otherwise.

Do you believe in what you do?

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