Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Rules Of Work

"This is a definitive code for personal business success… Key points, concisely made, that can steer anyone through the minefield of office life"

Management Today

Some people seem to be just great at their job. They glide effortlessly onwards and upwards through all the politics, the back stabbing, the system, the nonsense that goes on. They always seem to say and do the right thing. Everybody likes them. They get pay rises and promotion. They get on with the boss. And somehow, they do all these without breaking much of a sweat or seeming to put in excess effort.Is there something they do that we don’t? Is it a natural ability or something we could all learn? The answer is a most definite and resounding yes. They know the 'Rules of Work'. These rules are about how you are seen to be doing your job – brilliantly and efficiently. They are about how you appear to others – successful and confident.

The Rules of Work takes simple information about how people relate to each other in a completely artificial environment - the workplace – and uses it to promote your rise up the ladder of success. This is the book for you if you want to get on and up without becoming ruthless or unpleasant. This is the book for you if you want to be successful and still be able to live with yourself, and be regarded as a thoroughly
decent person by your colleagues and bosses.

It doesn’t matter what job you do, what industry you work in, what career path you follow, it doesn’t matter if you are self employed or a lowly minion in a vast organisation - there are ten simple rules to follow if you want to get on, get ahead and get promoted. Follow them and your rise will be swift and meteoric. You will appear stylish, smart, clever, languid, cool, collected, confident and very, very capable. The Rules apply no matter what you do.
Contents list Rule

1: Walk your talk
1.1: Get your walk noticed
1.2: Never stand still
1.3: Volunteer carefully
1.4: Carve out a niche for yourself
1.5: Under promise and over deliver
1.6: Know something the others don't
1.7: Be 100 per cent committed
1.8: Enjoy what you are doing
1.9 Develop the right attitude
1.10: Never let anyone know how hard you work
2: Know that you're being judged at all times
2.1: Dress well
2.2: Cultivate a smile
2.3: No limp fish — develop the perfect handshake
2.4: Exude confidence and energy
2.5: Develop a style that gets you noticed
2.6: Pay attention to personal grooming
2.7: Be attractive
2.8 Be cool
2.9 Speak well
2.10: Write well
3: Have a plan
3.1: Know what you want long term
3.2: Know what you want short term
3.3: Study the promotion system
3.4: Develop a game plan
3.5: Set objectives
3.6: Know your role
3.7: Know your yourself — strengths and weaknesses
3.8: Identify key times and events
3.9: Anticipate threats
3.10: Look for opportunities
4: If you can't say anything nice — shut up
4.1: Don't gossip xx
4.2: Don't bitch
4.3: Stand up for others
4.4: Compliment people sincerely
4.5: Be cheerful and positive
4.6: Ask questions
4.7: Use 'please' and 'thank you'
4.8 Don't swear
4.9 Be a good listener
4.10 Only speak sense
5: Look after yourself
5.1: Know the ethics of your industry
5.2: Know the legalities of your industry
5.3: Set personal standards
5.4: Never lie
5.5: Never cover up for anyone else
5.6: Keep records
5.7: Know the difference between the truth and the whole truth
5.8: Cultivate your support/contacts/friends
5.9: Understand others' motives
5.10: Assume everyone else is playing by different rules
6: Blend in
6.1: Know the corporate culture
6.2: Speak the language
6.3: Dress up or down accordingly
6.4: Be adaptable in your dealings with different people
6.5: Know where to hang out, and when
6.6: Understand the social protocols
6.7: Know the rules about authority
6.8: Know the rules about the office hierarchy
6.9: Never disapprove of others
6.10 Understand the herd mentality
7: Act one step ahead
7.1: Dress one step ahead
7.2: Talk one step ahead
7.3: Act one step ahead
7.4: Think one step ahead
7.5: Address corporate issues and problems
7.6: Talk of 'we' rather than 'I'
7.7: Walk the talk
7.8: Spend more time with senior staff
7.9: Get people to assume you have already made the step
7.10: Prepare for the step after next
8: Cultivate diplomacy
8.1: Ask questions in times of conflict
8.2: Don't take sides
8.3: Know when to keep your opinions to yourself
8.4: Be conciliatory
8.5: Never lose your temper
8.6: Never get personal
8.7: Know how to handle other people's anger
8.8: Stand your ground
8.9: Be objective about the situation
8.10: Put things in perspective
9: Know the system — and milk it
9.1: Know all the unspoken rules of office life
9.2: Know what to call everyone
9.3: Know when to stay late and when to go early
9.4: Know the theft or perks rule
9.5: Identify the people who count
9.6: Be on the right side of the people who count
9.7: Be well up on new management techniques
9.8: Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas
9.9: Know the favourites and cultivate them
9.10: Know the mission statement and understand it
10: Handle the opposition
10.1: Identify the opposition
10.2: Study them closely
10.3: Don't back-stab
10.4: Know the psychology of promotion
10.5: Don't give too much away
10.6: Keep your ear to the ground
10.7: Make the opposition seem irreplaceable
10.8: Don’t damn the opposition with faint praise
10.9: Capitalise on the career enhancing moments
10.10: Cultivate the friendship and approval of your colleagues

A smart, simple and effective guidebook to getting on at work, whilst being able to sleep at night
Offers competitive advantage and personal development skills with a real edge, and yet without the distasteful association of Sin to Win etc.
Written in a light, entertaining style that makes it easy to dip into, accessible and informative. A practical book with lots of good advice, examples, and workable tips and hints
Comes with a bound-in card at the back listing the ten Rules of Work for quick reference
This is the book to do for your career prospects what The Rules did for a whole generation of women looking to find a man!

Richard Templar is the author of 10 business books including several titles in the Fast Thinking series. Prior to taking up writing full time, he spent many years in managerial roles in a diverse range of businesses, from casinos to higher education, putting The Rules of Work to use for his own personal success.

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