[MMM] Breaking The Rules Could Save Your Career | Monday Morning Motivator

Good Monday morning, 

A few weeks ago I was sitting in my office in Toronto when there was a fire alarm. Shortly after the alarm began there was an announcement saying that they were investigating the alarm however and we were to stay in our offices until they had more time to find out the issue. 


I decided to leave my office anyway. I needed some fresh air, and I was being cautious.


One of the many things that has been researched since the fall of the twin towers is the response by authorities and occupants in that extreme situation. There is a 298 page document called Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communications. This investigative report confirmed a number of key factors regarding the people who survived and those who perished.


Approximately 2500 people survived by ignoring the authorities and “breaking the rules” by leaving anyway. This “disobedience” may have been due to panic in some cases, but in others were “reasoned flight” decisions; the result of real-time information through social media, phone calls and internal networks. The sharing of this information saved many lives.


You can listen to my podcast with George Butterfield, Lawyer, Rhodes Scholar founder of Canada’s leading walking and biking touring company about what happened when he “broke the rules”. (Hint: he found the right career path.)



In your job search, there may be many cases where you should ignore the traditional rules and use your networks, internal advisors and the help of others to make important decisions even though at times this may seems counter intuitive.

For example, the career posting that says, “No phone calls please”. When should you follow this and when should you not? Well, that depends. There are many variables in the career search and that is why the educated advice of others can be so important. The key is to be both lateral and logical, in your decision-making. It may “save” your career.


Continue the conversation on our Facebook page, TwitterLinkedIn or Google +. What are some of the choices that have shaped your experience?  


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Breaking the rules, along the road with you,




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