The Rules of Work

The Rules of Work

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Part of the bestselling 'Rules' series that has sold 2 million copies worldwide and translated into 22 different languages. 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. 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 Features a€cA smart, simple and effective guidebook to getting on at work, whilst being able to sleep at night a€cOffers competitive advantage and personal development skills with a real edge, and yet without the distasteful association of Sin to Win etc. a€cWritten 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 a€cComes with a bound-in card at the back listing the ten Rules of Work for quick reference a€cThis is the book to do for your career prospects what the Rules did for a whole generation of women looking to find a man!This is the book for you if you want to get on and up without becoming ruthless or unpleasant.

Title:The Rules of Work
Author:Richard Templar
Publisher:Pearson Education - 2003


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