“What types of games are being played? How’s it going down?” — DMX
X is one of my favorite rappers. Those are lines from his classic song “How’s It Goin’ Down?”. On his most recent album, Drake “borrows” those lyrics for the song “U With Me.”
The song has nothing to do with professional development. But the lyrics do have something to do with office politics. Games ought not be played in the office but they are. Politics are going to have a place in the office place for as long as emotions do. So, until we automate offices, we are going to have, for lack of a better word, pettiness.
My issue with this is, just let me know from the jump. Take an honest inventory of things. What types of games are being played? How’s upward mobility going down? Because, answering that will let me know if I want to play the game or collect the check.
Make professional development a priority.