Friday - - Editor's Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor kpasqual­i­

The re­cruiter’s face was one gi­ant smile: his lips pulled back as far as pos­si­ble over zoom-whitened teeth that would put Tom Cruise to shame. ‘So,’ he said, lean­ing for­ward so I could smell his minty fresh­ness. ‘Why wouldn’t you want to come and work for us? We’re a car­ing com­pany. We look af­ter our own.’

I frowned as he looked at me, that grin still glued into place. ‘But what about the editor you al­ready have in place?’ I asked. ‘The one you’re se­cretly try­ing to hire me to re­place? How ex­actly are you look­ing af­ter her?’ His smile van­ished.

It was al­most as cringe­wor­thy as the mo­ment a CEO in­tro­duced me to the editor I was tak­ing over from on a lead­ing mag­a­zine. ‘Why do you want to leave?’ I asked her in­no­cently. She welled up in­stantly, tears threat­en­ing to spill. ‘I don’t,’ she said, ‘I didn’t have a choice.’

Both times I wanted to go home and scrub my­self clean. Sure I’m am­bi­tious and as ea­ger to get to the top as the next per­son, but I’ve never been will­ing to tram­ple over oth­ers to get there. I’ve al­ways played by the (nice) rules. Steal­ing col­leagues’ ideas or staff? No way. Tak­ing the credit for your team’s work? Ab­so­lutely not. And rac­ing to sit in the boss’s chair af­ter stab­bing him or her in the back? Not my style. It shouldn’t be yours ei­ther, which is why we’ve asked the ex­perts for their top tips on how to be suc­cess­ful with­out caus­ing col­lat­eral dam­age. Af­ter all, the ones you clam­ber over on the way up will still be there wait­ing for re­venge as you’re on the way down! Read our fas­ci­nat­ing fea­ture on leapfrog­ging your col­leagues with­out harm­ing their ca­reers on page 42 and let me know what you think of that and the rest of the is­sue.

Un­til next week,

My kids (and I) have been star-struck this sum­mer thanks to celebrity guests at Dubai Sum­mer Sur­prises (#DSS Starz). They met Laura Marano – Dis­ney’s Ally in Austin and Ally – and Jaden and Wil­low Smith. And, yes, Jaden gave my son Deme his hat and daugh­ter Anaïs a cud­dle!

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