The Unspoken Rules

The Unspoken Rules : Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right

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You've landed a job. Now what?

No one tells you how to navigate your first day in a new role. No one tells you how to take ownership, manage expectations, or handle workplace politics. No one tells you how to get promoted.

The answers to these professional unknowns lie in the unspoken rules&#8212the certain ways of doing things that managers expect but don't explain and that top performers do but don't realize.

The problem is, these rules aren't taught in school. Instead, they get passed down over dinner or from mentor to mentee, making for an unlevel playing field, with the insiders getting ahead and the outsiders stumbling along through trial and error.

Until now.

In this practical guide, Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student and Harvard career adviser, demystifies the unspoken rules of work. Ng distills the wisdom he has gathered from over five hundred interviews with professionals across industries and job types about the biggest mistakes people make at work. Loaded with frameworks, checklists, and talking points, the book provides concrete strategies you can apply immediately to your own situation and will help you navigate inevitable questions, such as:



How do I manage my time in the face of conflicting priorities?
How do I build relationships when I'm working remotely?
How do I ask for help without looking incompetent or lazy?

The Unspoken Rules is the only book you need to perform your best, stand out from your peers, and set yourself up for a fulfilling career.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1647820448
  • 9781647820442
  • 5,137

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Advance Praise for The Unspoken Rules:

"With practical tips and colorful vignettes of people from all walks of life, The Unspoken Rules is a blueprint for anyone starting their career, entering a new role, or wanting to get unstuck." - Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Thrive Global

"Gorick Ng has written an outstanding guide on what school doesn't teach about how to be a top performer at work. Backed by detailed research and filled with relatable stories and practical tactics, The Unspoken Rules will benefit so many people as they begin their careers." - Rich Lesser, CEO, Boston Consulting Group

"The Unspoken Rules is an invaluable resource for new recruits&#8212regardless of background&#8212as they seek to excel. Gorick Ng has written the book I wish someone had given me when I started my career." - Edith Cooper, cofounder, Medley; board director, Slack and Etsy; and former Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

"We like to think that if our intent is good and we work hard, success will come knocking on our door. If only! In this practical and insightful book, Gorick Ng helps us plot a clear, intentional path toward success." - Julie Zhuo, former Vice President of Product Design, Facebook; author, The Making of a Manager

"We all have a role to play in shaping an economy that works for the many, not the few. With this important book, Gorick Ng is advancing this work, arming disadvantaged people with critical but unseen skills needed to navigate the modern workplace." - Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman, IBM

"The Unspoken Rules will equip professionals and students alike with skills that are often overlooked in traditional education. Readers will find this to be a very helpful book in the years ahead." - Ratan Tata, former Chairman, Tata Group

"Incredibly smart, nuanced, and evidence-based career advice. If you're just getting started in your professional journey, you absolutely must read this book." - Cal Newport, author, Deep Work and Digital Minimalism
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About Gorick Ng

Gorick Ng is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has managed new employees at Boston Consulting Group, has worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, and is also a researcher with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New York Post, World Journal, and on CBC. Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

You can find the author at:
gorick.com
linkedin.com/in/gorickng
instagram.com/gorick.ng
twitter.com/gorickng
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