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

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

Paperback Richard Templar's Rules

By (author) Richard Templar

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  • Publisher: FINANCIAL TIMES PRENTICE HALL
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Upper Saddle River
  • ISBN 10: 0137072066
  • ISBN 13: 9780137072064
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: Expanded ed.
  • Sales rank: 67,201

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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.

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

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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.

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