Rules of Business from "The Office"

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Dunder Mifflin was an unorthodox, fictional paper business in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Over the course of 9 seasons, we watched the Scranton branch pushed paper, fell in love, got in fights, and went through several management personnel. “The Office” is still considered one of the most beloved shows of all time, and that is due to Michael Scott.

Played by Steve Carell, Michael Scott was the manager of Dunder Mifflin and motivated his employees with creative words of wisdom, a unique take on management and what it means to be a “boss,” and was always looking for ways to encourage and push his team. While the real business world doesn’t play by Michael Scott’s rules, he has bestowed some Rules of Business. Originally, there were ten but over the course of “The Office,” Michael only bestowed us with five nuggets of wisdom. Though he only had the chance to give us five, they are definitely rules to play by.

Rule One: You need to play to win. But… you also have to win to play.

Michael Scott, while silly, does have some pieces of wisdom to share. At first glance, this rule is redundant and hard to follow, but if you look closer it begins to take form. Participation and winning is the name of the game, but you also have to commit fully. A winning attitude and a passion for what you do is the first, and arguably, most important rule.

Rule Two: Adapt. React. Re-adapt. Act.

In these technological times, it’s more important than ever to remain flexible. Anticipating and adapting to changes is a key factor to a business’ longevity and success. You don’t want to be left in the dust while the world around you moves forward. Don’t be afraid to change.

Rule Three: Reach for the stars.

Don’t be afraid to aim high! Push yourself to provide the best services and products in the area and the industry. When you reach for the stars, you’re committing to your business, your employees, and yourself. It’s always better to try and see what happens. Don’t let an over-abundance of caution keep you from achieving your goals.

Rule Four: In business, image is everything.

Your image is more than your office; it’s your brand. Consider how your customer knows your business. What image are you presenting of yourself? Is your website and social media pages branded with a consistent style? Has your business committed to a color scheme? Image is everything. You want the “look” of your business to be synonymous with your values.

Rule Five: Safety first.

Safety can never be forgotten, in and out of the office. More than just fire extinguishers and First Aid kits (though you should have both of these things!), feeling safe and secure with your work strengthens confidence and provides a comfortable work space for you and your employees.

“The people that you work with are just, when you get down to it, your very best friends.”

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