Use your Machiavellian flair for the positive

If that subtitle made your head snap back, don’t worry. That’s exactly what I did when I first heard the term “Machiavellian flair.” It was when I received the results of a management-profile review from my new employer.
It was a mandatory employment requirement for all senior management and was intended to reveal whether you would be effective in the position that they had hired you to fill. I passed the audition, as they say, but I was intrigued by how they were using the term “Machiavellian.”
It means trying to achieve what one wants in a cunning and underhanded manner. Since that didn’t sound good to me then (and it still doesn’t), I had to figure out whether having a Machiavellian flair was in fact a good thing or not.
At the time, I was twenty-four, juggling
long hours at work, being a young mother, attending night school to work toward completing my CMA (Certified Managerial Accountants) program, and trying to get ahead. I was working hard to get what I wanted, but I wouldn’t say that I was cunning about it! I had just upgraded my career, going from a business manager of a small publishing company to controller for a large national manufacturer, but I was very careful not to be underhanded. In my resume and in my interview, I had undoubtedly spoken highly of my abilities, work ethic, and achievements, because I wanted the job!
When I was hired, I remember thinking, “Now all I have to do is do what I said I was capable of doing.”
Some may say that I bluffed my way in to this new position, as I was young and green, but the way I see it, if you know you can do the job, where is the bluffing? Can being cunning be confused with being confident?
At that time in my life, I knew I was confident and competent, and that empowered me. I had stretched emotionally and intellectually as an individual, and I thrived on encouraging others to do the same. Stretching here meant warming up, moving farther each time in small, easy steps, and becoming more flexible overall in any or several aspects of life. I love the sense of stretching out and into new challenges. This new challenge was exactly what I had been training for after all.
Today, I recognize Machiavellian flair as a truly positive workplace mind-set. Forget the “cunning and underhanded” meaning; my best alternate definition would be “achieving a sense of empowerment.” It’s your knowing “what you bring to the table” and that you are the safe bet. It’s about knowing that you are the one who will take charge and get results!
I always think that, although I love my life as it is, there is a whole world of experiences out there waiting. There are opportunities hidden at every turn, and you have to explore them all no matter how exhausting that may be.
Every opportunity deserves a look!

About Lorii Myers

39 Time Award Winning Author
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