9780137072064

The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition A Definitive Code for Personal Success

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 6/22/2010
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Summary

Some people are simply great at their job. They always seem to say the right thing; do the right thing. They are mentioned in every conversation. Everybody likes them. They get promoted. They get pay rises. They get along with the boss. And somehow, they do all these things without being unpleasant, breaking much of a sweat or seeming to put in excess effort. And when they are offered another step up the corporate ladder or a fabulous new job, no one is surprised.

After all, they have 'potential' written all over them. How do they do it? Do they know some secret we don't? Yes, they know The Rules of Work. These rules aren't about how to do your job, day-to-day (assuming you are pretty good at that already). The Rules of Work are about how you are seen to be doing it. They are about how you appear to others. And they are about helping you to achieve the success you richly deserve.

The first edition of The Rules of Work became a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the world. This new, even better, edition includes 10 brand new rules to take you further, faster. These rules are the guiding principles that will improve both what you do and how you do it, giving you the unmistakable air of confidence that will win you admiration, respect, and the next promotion. With The Rules under your belt you'll have the edge in everything you do, without having to compromise your principles.

Author Biography

Richard Templar is an astute observer of human behavior and understands what makes the difference between those of us who effortlessly glide towards success and those of us who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles. More than 1 million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by Richard Templar's Rules.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Introductionp. x
Walk Your Talkp. 1
Get Your Work Noticedp. 4
Never Stand Stillp. 6
Volunteer Carefullyp. 8
Carve Out a Niche for Yourselfp. 10
Under Promise and Over Deliverp. 12
Learn to Ask Whyp. 14
Be 100 Percent Committedp. 16
Learn from others' Mistakesp. 18
Enjoy What You Are Doingp. 20
Develop the Right Attitudep. 22
Be Passionate But Don't Kill Yourselfp. 24
Manage Your Energyp. 26
Never Let Anyone Know How Hard You Workp. 28
Keep Your Home Life at Homep. 30
Know That You're Being Judged at All Timesp. 33
Cultivate a Smilep. 36
No Limp Fish-Develop the Perfect Handshakep. 38
Exude Confidence and Energyp. 40
Develop a Style That Gets You Noticedp. 42
Pay Attention to Personal Groomingp. 44
Be Attractivep. 46
Be Coolp. 48
Speak Wellp. 50
Write Wellp. 52
Have a Planp. 55
Know What You Want Long Termp. 58
Know What You Want Short termp. 60
Study the Promotion Systemp. 62
Develop a Game Planp. 64
Set Objectivesp. 66
Know Your Rolep. 68
Know Yourself-Strengths and Weaknessesp. 70
Identify Key Times and Eventsp. 72
Anticipate Threatsp. 74
Look for Opportunitiesp. 76
Make Learning a Lifelong Missionp. 78
If you can't say Anything Nice-Shut Upp. 81
Don't Gossipp. 84
Don't Bitchp. 86
Stand Up for Othersp. 88
Compliment People Sincerelyp. 90
Be Cheerful and Positivep. 92
Ask Questionsp. 94
Use "Please" and "Thank you"p. 96
Don't Swearp. 98
Be a Good Listenerp. 100
Only Speak Sensep. 102
Look After Yourselfp. 105
Know the Ethics of Your Industryp. 108
Know the Legalities of Your Industryp. 110
Set Personal Standardsp. 112
Never Liep. 114
Never Cover Up for Anyone Elsep. 116
Keep Recordsp. 118
Know the Difference Between the Truth and The Whole Truthp. 120
Cultivate Your Support/Contacts/Friendsp. 122
Date with Cautionp. 124
Understand others' Motivesp. 126
Assume Everyone Else Is Playing by Different Rulesp. 128
Keep the Faithp. 130
Put Things in Perspectivep. 132
Blend Inp. 135
Know the Corporate Culturep. 138
Speak the Languagep. 140
Dress Up or Dress Down Accordinglyp. 142
Be Adaptable in Your Dealings with Different Peoplep. 144
Make Your Boss Look Goodp. 146
Know Where to Hang Out, and Whenp. 148
Understand Social Protocolsp. 150
Know the Rules about Authorityp. 152
Know the Rules about the Office Hierarchyp. 154
Never Disapprove of Othersp. 156
Understand the Herd Mentalityp. 158
Act One Step Aheadp. 161
Dress One Step Aheadp. 164
Talk One Step Aheadp. 166
Act One Step Aheadp. 168
Think One Step Aheadp. 170
Address Corporate Issues and Problemsp. 172
Make Your Company Better for Having You Therep. 174
Talk of "We" Rather Than "I"p. 176
Walk the Walkp. 178
Spend More Time with Senior Staffp. 180
Get People to Assume You Have Already Made the Stepp. 182
Prepare for the Step After Nextp. 184
Cultivate Diplomacyp. 187
Ask Questions in Times of Conflictp. 190
Don't Take Sidesp. 192
Know When to Keep Your Opinions to Yourselfp. 194
Be Conciliatoryp. 196
Never Lose Your Temperp. 198
Never Get Personalp. 200
Know How to Handle Other People's Angerp. 202
Stand Your Groundp. 204
Be Objective About the Situationp. 206
Know the System-and Milk Itp. 209
Know All the Unspoken Rules of Office Lifep. 212
Know What to Call Everyonep. 214
Know When to Stay Late and when to Go Earlyp. 216
Know the Theft or Perks Rulep. 218
Identify the People Who Countp. 220
Be on the Right Side of the People Who Countp. 222
Be Well up on New Management Techniquesp. 224
Know the Undercurrents and Hidden Agendasp. 226
Know the Favorites and Cultivate Themp. 228
Know the Mission Statement-and Understand itp. 230
Handle the Oppositionp. 233
Identify the Oppositionp. 236
Study them Closelyp. 238
Don't Back-Stabp. 240
Know the Psychology of Promotionp. 242
Don't Give Too Much Awayp. 244
Keep Your Ear to the Groundp. 246
Make the Opposition Seem Irreplaceablep. 248
Don't Damn the Opposition with Faint Praisep. 250
Capitalize on the Career-Enhancing Momentsp. 252
Cultivate the Friendship and Approval of Your Colleaguesp. 254
Postscript Know When to Break the Rulesp. 256
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Excerpts

Introduction Introduction I first started formulating The Rules of Work many, many years ago when I was an assistant manager. There was a promotion going for the next step up--manager. There were two possible candidates, myself and Rob. On paper I had more experience, more expertise, most of the staff wanted me as their manager and I generally knew the new job better. Rob, to be honest, was useless. I was chatting with an outside consultant the company used and asked him what he thought my chances were. "Slim," he replied. I was indignant. I explained all about my experience, my expertise, my superior abilities. "Yep," he replied, "but you don't walk like a manager." "And Rob does?" "Yep, that's about the strength of it." Needless to say he was quite right and Rob got the job. I had to work under a moron. But a moron who walked right. I studied that walk very carefully. The consultant was spot on, there was a manager's walk. I began to notice that every employee, every job, everyone in fact, had their walk. Receptionists walked in a particular way as did the cashiers, the catering staff, the office workers, the admin, the security staff--and the managers of course. Secretly, I began to practice the walk. Looking the Part As I spent a lot of time watching the walk I realized that there was also a manager's style of attire, of speaking, of behavior. It wasn't enough that I was good at my job and had the experience. I had to look as if I was better than anyone else. It wasn't just a walk--it was an entire makeover. And gradually, as I watched, I noticed that what newspaper was read was important, as was what pen was used, how you wrote, how you talked to colleagues, what you said at meetings--everything, in fact, was being judged, evaluated, acted upon. It wasn't enough to be able to do the job. If you wanted to get on you had to be seen to be the Right Type. The Rules of Work is about creating that type--of course, you've got to be able to do the job in the first place. But a lot of people can do that. What makes you stand out? What makes you a suitable candidate for promotion? What makes the difference? Act One Step Ahead I noticed that among the managers there were some who had mastered the walk, but there were others who were practicing, unconsciously, for the next walk--the general manager's walk. I happened at that time to be traveling around a lot between different branches and noticed that among the general managers there were some who were going to stay right where they were for a long time. But there were others already practicing for their next step ahead--the regional director's walk. And style and image. I switched from practicing the manager's walk and leaped ahead to the general manager's walk. Three months later I was promoted from assistant manager to general manager in one swift move. I was now the moron's manager. Walk Your Talk Rob had the walk (Rule 15: Develop a Style That Gets You Noticed), but unfortunately he didn't adhere sufficiently to the rules in Part 1--he didn't know the job well enough. He looked right, sounded right, but the bottom line was--he couldn't do the job as well as he should have. I was brought in over his head because they couldn't fire him--having just promoted him it would have looked bad--and they needed someone to oversee his work so that his mistakes could be rectified quickly. Rob had reached the level of his own incompetence and stayed there for several years neither improving nor particularly getting worse

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Rules of Work July 27, 2011
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This textbook is more geared toward obtaining a management job. It contains 108 rules to follow to shine in the workplace. It offers practical advice in an easy to read, fun manner. I think one of the rules I liked the best was: Rule 107 Capitalize on the Career-Enhancing Moments (There are no bad jobs, only bad attitudes to jobs.) This is a great textbook I would recommend to my employees to help them get ahead and stay ahead in the workplace. It is really not about working harder, but working smarter and finding joy in your life both personal and professional. I highly recommend this textbook.
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