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Short Practical Rules to Get Ahead at Work

  • Aug 30, 2010
The expanded edition of “The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success” by Richard Templar, the author of the international bestseller “The Rules of Life” is a quick read that offers up 108 “rules” to get ahead at your job.  According to Templar, these are the most important rules you’ll follow, and by following them, you’ll climb the ladder toward better positions, more money, more recognition, and enjoy greater effectiveness and more satisfaction at work.
I enjoyed the book, and found the “rules” to be easy to understand and straight forward.  Many are just common sense, but we all know people who sometimes forget certain common sense behaviors.  However, I think some people may disagree with the bluntness and seemingly cutthroat approach at times.  What I mean by this is that Templar suggests, (well, more than suggests) that you don’t tell others you are following the “rules,” and some other “office tactics” that some may not like.  But then, many don’t like office politics anyway, but since they are a fact of office life, this book provides advice on how to win at them.  The book really focuses on gaining the edge to move up in an office to management levels.  That does not mean some of the rules would not be just as valuable in other relationships and situations, but the primary objective of the text is to help the corporate manager move up the corporate ladder.
Each of the 108 rules is contained on two pages, often only a quarter or half of the second page, with the primary take-a-way sentence in larger print contained in a box at the end of the rule text.  You could go back and just read these boxes for a quick reminder.  The rules are then divided into ten main parts.
Part one is Walk Your Talk and contains rules such as get your work noticed, volunteer carefully, and be 100 percent committed.  Part two is Know That You’re Being Judged at All Times and offers advice such as cultivate a smile, be attractive, and speak well.  Part three is Have a Plan.  Here you find develop a game plan, know your role, and anticipate threats among others.  Part four, If You Can’t Say Anything Nice – Shut Up contains rules like don’t gossip, ask questions, and don’t swear.  Part five is Look After Yourself and focuses on topics such as knowing the ethics of your industry, keeping records, and dating with caution.  Part six is Blend In and contains rules titled speak the language, make your boss look good, and understand social protocols.  Part seven is Act One Step Ahead and provides advice such as dress one step ahead, talk of we rather than I, and walk the walk.  Part eight, Cultivate Diplomacy contains rules like don’t take sides, be conciliatory, and stand your ground.  Part nine is Know the System – and Milk It and offers advice such as know what to call everyone, know the theft or perks rule, and know the undercurrents and hidden agendas.  Part ten, Handle the Opposition, includes rules like identify the opposition, don’t back-stab, and capitalize on the career-enhancing moments.  And the book then concludes with a one page note that you must know when to break the rules.
If you want to climb the corporate ladder, or get ahead in any work environment, Templer’s “Rules of Work” can aid you getting there.  They are short, practical, and provide sound guidance on being efficient and effective in the workplace.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and the dvds: Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series and articles including a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer. Alain Also wrote a series of articles called Lessons From The Apprentice.

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For some people, work's a breeze: they glide effortlessly through all the office politics and back stabbing, always saying and doing the right thing, getting raises, getting promotions, getting results. What do they know that everyone else doesn't? The rules of work. Those rules are surprisingly easy to learn -- and once you know them, they're equally easy to live by. Now, Richard Templar's brought them all together in one place: the quick, irreverent The Rules of Work: A Definitive Guide to Personal Success. Templar doesn't just show you how to LOOK more effective: he shows you how to BE more effective in today's  workplace environments. Discover how to get ahead without compromising your principles; how to project the air of confidence and energy that wins respect; how to carve out a powerful niche for yourself; how to handle conflict without alienating the warriors; how to read your corporate culture; when to speak and when to remain silent; when to stay late and when to leave early; and how to capitalize on the key moments that can supercharge your career.
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ISBN-10: 0131858386
ISBN-13: 978-0131858381
Author: Richard Templar
Publisher: FT Press

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