April 30, 2009, 5:00 am

What I Have Learned From My MBA Colleagues Part 2

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: MBA
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conspiracy_theory– Conspiracy Theory Man –

I’m writing this title and I am smiling thinking that some people will automatically know who I am talking about. This guy is one of the most analytic people I have ever met in my life. He is the type of guy who will dress according to the teacher’s style to make sure he creates the good impression. As a matter of fact, we all know that the teacher’s perception of a student will definitely influence the student’s marks. But very few of us is trying to make this play in our advantages. Conspiracy Theory Man is just not taking any chances 😉

What I like the most about him it’s his capability seeing everything as a game (school, work, family, life in general), understanding the game rules and play them. If you want to win a game, you don’t have to be the best player; you simply have to know how to play the game the right way! I am not saying this in a pejorative way, he actually never crossed any lines or not even playing with the fine prints, he just has this ability to optimize his time and effort according to the game rules.

As human beings, we have been raised to follow rules set by parents, teachers, laws, employers, etc. So we automatically listen to the rule, understand them and follow them. But how many times are we trying to find how those rules where designed and what is their effect on the whole game? If you understand the way the game was built, you know how rules were made, why they were made that way and you can even predict when and how they will change to make sure that the “game” will still be respected.

I was already doing a part of that analysis but this man showed me how to push it to another level and understand fully how to master any kind of game and turn any situation in my advantages.

The most important thing; he doesn’t look like the guy who understand everything or know-it-all. He looks like the average Joe. This is remarkable as he is one of the big brains of the class and most people don’t even notice him… and it is part of his own “game” ;-). Flying under the radar, gives him the time to make the first move before anyone notices.

Another great asset he has it’s his poker face. I would actually never play poker against him (not with real money though!). No matter what it is happening, he shows the very same face. He doesn’t seem to be nervous about anything. Staying calm is his motto. He will burn his energy on what matters, not on emotion 😉

Here are the three things I learned from him:

#1 Whatever you are doing is a game; understand it and play the game, not the rules.

#2 People don’t have to know when you are successful; this won’t bring you anything anyway.

#3 Stay calm, analyse what is going one. You will have time to vent later on; now it is time to be effective!

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i want to meet this guy, sounds cool!