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


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New, even better, edition includes 10 brand new rules to take you further, faster in your career

  • Why some people glide effortlessly past office politics, backstabbing, and unpleasant bosses... and how you can, too.
  • The latest book in the bestselling Rules series, which has over a million copies in print.
  • Written in Richard Templar's wise and witty style that readers have grown to know and love.
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    • Copyright 2010
    • Dimensions: 5-7/16" x 8-1/2"
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-707206-6
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-707206-4

    Some people are simply great at their job; they always seem to say or do the right thing. They are mentioned in every conversation. Everybody likes them. They get promoted. They get pay raises. 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, they are about how you are seen 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: A Definitive Code for Personal Successbecame a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the world. This new 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.

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword   viii

    Introduction   x

    Part I Walk Your Talk   1

     1  Get Your Work Noticed   4

     2  Never Stand Still   6

     3  Volunteer Carefully   8

     4  Carve Out a Niche for Yourself   10

     5  Under Promise and Over Deliver   12

     6  Learn to Ask Why   14

     7  Be 100 Percent Committed   16

     8  Learn from Others’ Mistakes   18

     9  Enjoy What You Are Doing   20

    10 Develop the Right Attitude   22

    11 Be Passionate But Don’t Kill Yourself   24

    12 Manage Your Energy   26

    13 Never Let Anyone Know How Hard You Work   28

    14 Keep Your Home Life at Home   30

    Part II Know That You’re Being Judged at All Times   33

    15 Cultivate a Smile   36

    16 No Limp Fish—Develop the Perfect Handshake   38

    17 Exude Confidence and Energy   40

    18 Develop a Style That Gets You Noticed   42

    19 Pay Attention to Personal Grooming   44

    20 Be Attractive   46

    21 Be Cool   48

    22 Speak Well   50

    23 Write Well   52

    Part III Have a Plan   55

    24 Know What You Want Long Term   58

    25 Know What You Want Short term   60

    26 Study the Promotion System   62

    27 Develop a Game Plan   64

    28 Set Objectives   66

    29 Know Your Role   68

    30 Know Yourself—Strengths and Weaknesses   70

    31 Identify Key Times and Events   72

    32 Anticipate Threats   74

    33 Look for Opportunities   76

    34 Make Learning a Lifelong Mission   78

    Part IV If You Can’t Say Anything Nice—Shut Up   81

    35 Don’t Gossip   84

    36 Don’t Bitch    86

    37 Stand Up for Others  88

    38 Compliment People Sincerely   90

    39 Be Cheerful and Positive   92

    40 Ask Questions   94

    41 Use “Please” and “Thank You”   96

    42 Don’t Swear   98

    43 Be a Good Listener   100

    44 Only Speak Sense   102

    Part V Look After Yourself   105

    45 Know the Ethics of Your Industry   108

    46 Know the Legalities of Your Industry   110

    47 Set Personal Standards   112

    48 Never Lie   114

    49 Never Cover Up for Anyone Else   116

    50 Keep Records   118

    51 Know the Difference Between the Truth and The Whole Truth   120

    52 Cultivate Your Support/Contacts/ Friends   122

    53 Date with Caution   124

    54 Understand Others’ Motives   126

    55 Assume Everyone Else Is Playing by Different Rules   128

    56 Keep the Faith   130

    57 Put Things in Perspective   132

    Part VI Blend In   135

    58 Know the Corporate Culture   138

    59 Speak the Language   140

    60 Dress Up or Dress Down Accordingly   142

    61 Be Adaptable in Your Dealings with Different People   144

    62 Make Your Boss Look Good   146

    63 Know Where to Hang Out, and When   148

    64 Understand Social Protocols   150

    65 Know the Rules about Authority   152

    66 Know the Rules about the Office Hierarchy   154

    67 Never Disapprove of Others   156

    68 Understand the Herd Mentality   158

    Part VII Act One Step Ahead   161

    69 Dress One Step Ahead   164

    70 Talk One Step Ahead   166

    71 Act One Step Ahead   168

    72 Think One Step Ahead   170

    73 Address Corporate Issues and Problems   172

    74 Make Your Company Better for Having You There   174

    75 Talk of “We” Rather Than “I”   176

    76 Walk the Walk   178

    77 Spend More Time with Senior Staff   180

    78 Get People to Assume You Have Already Made the Step   182

    79 Prepare for the Step After Next   184

    Part VIII Cultivate Diplomacy   187

    80 Ask Questions in Times of Conflict   190

    81 Don’t Take Sides   192

    82 Know When to Keep Your Opinions to Yourself   194

    83 Be Conciliatory   196

    84 Never Lose Your Temper   198

    85 Never Get Personal   200

    86 Know How to Handle Other People’s Anger   202

    87 Stand Your Ground   204

    88 Be Objective About the Situation   206

    Part IX Know the System--and Milk It   209

    89 Know All the Unspoken Rules of Office Life   212

    90 Know What to Call Everyone   214

    91 Know When to Stay Late and When to Go Early   216

    92 Know the Theft or Perks Rule   218

    93 Identify the People Who Count   220

    94 Be on the Right Side of the People Who Count    222

    95 Be Well Up on New Management Techniques    224

    96 Know the Undercurrents and Hidden Agendas   226

    97 Know the Favorites and Cultivate Them   228

    98 Know the Mission Statement--and Understand It   230

    Part X Handle the Opposition   233

    99 Identify the Opposition   236

    100 Study Them Closely   238

    101 Don’t Back-Stab   240

    102 Know the Psychology of Promotion   242

    103 Don’t Give Too Much Away   244

    104 Keep Your Ear to the Ground   246

    105 Make the Opposition Seem Irreplaceable   248

    106 Don’t Damn the Opposition with Faint Praise   250

    107 Capitalize on the Career-Enhancing Moments   252

    108 Cultivate the Friendship and Approval of Your Colleagues   254

    Postscript: Know When to Break the Rules   256



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