Assuming you have a friendly enough relationship with your manager, apply informally. Talk about your team’s progress, your ideas and anything unexpected or side-by-side you might dream of. The more agile you encounter, the better communication and cooperation the better. By the way, this is my general approach at Google, where I spent a long time as the company’s editor on the media team – a job I didn’t even start until after my 50s.
If you feel out of place in youth culture, let me assure you: you don’t have to have the same interests as the kids. I know older workers are sometimes afraid they have to fit in (ie hide their age and experience) in a younger office. Fact: acting too young is frightening and frustrating for your underage co-workers. You won’t like it either. Depending on your ability to solve this problem, you might even joke about becoming one of those old people. (I do this all the time, in theory that it raises any unwritten questions about who the hell this is.)
Your party ticket is doing fine at whatever you get hired. A pleasant personality, dynamic, curious, and reasonable interest in colleagues’ interests are special features. However, I would say, cool it down with so many references to pop culture that are offensive that day to you. Keep them to yourself unless relevant.
And the next 15 years? Very few of us today, of all ages, have such a coastline – especially in technology. That means you have to get out of there and look around. Book information meetings and coffee dates; attend conferences and meetings; take the land. Be steady!
My partner (we’re both marketing directors reporting to a C-level executive at a branded tech company) is a brown giant. He acknowledges my ideas and my team’s work, spending every hour waking up with our boss and sponsoring me. I feel defeated and I don’t want to play that game. Do I have any request?
Okay. Brown-nosing is the worst, and it’s all often a fact of life in organizations. The key to this dilemma is to make the most of your solo time with “your” C. During these times, make sure that you are the smartest, proactive, and informative. your idea. Organize group presentations so the moderators see firsthand what you are doing. (Even if Brownie does, he will see the reality of your efforts, making it harder to identify them as his.)
No matter how serious his behavior is, don’t lament to your boss. At tech companies, those that boast an entrepreneurial spirit and the doable, complaining or objectionable attitude will make you dull – but it’s guaranteed. (By the way, I wouldn’t expect much help from Human Resources. In the end it represents management, and any nails that stick on are likely to be closed.)
If this guy persists or gets worse, you have options. You can win him over by the appearance of cooperation, so you don’t seem intimidated. I used to work with a brown guy who didn’t understand what I did, but needed my output to show all his hard work. He treated me like a bad guy and even complained to our C-level boss (see above for what not to do). After a few stern questions (and a few sessions), I started giving 100% positive noise to our boss about how great things are and going through the move of collaborating with Complainant, especially after I realized that he wasn’t really interested in my work or me: He’s interested in getting promoted, which requires him to spend a Time to be the manager of any nearby warm agency. His plan by accident kept him out of my way, and for a few months he went on, while I was considered a contributor to keep things positive. This approach can keep your brown dog off guard and show what he is actually playing for – and that may have nothing to do with you. (It also won’t make you seem like the tallest nail.)
Another way to do it is to find your own time with the moderator, again to review your efforts and show your forward thinking, so that you show professionalism and teamwork. subtle ways instead of being obsessive or negative. This can give you room to pursue what you want to do. And if none of that works: it’s time to get started with the network. Good luck.
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