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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, 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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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, 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.

30 review for The Rules of Work: The Unspoken Truth about Getting Ahead in Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Maybe this book is more helpful for fresh college grads, or people who work in really toxic office environments. His advice seems manipulative to co-workers (scheming to get his manager transferred... really?) and dishonest to himself (always smile, never show how hard you work). Most of the office issues he mentions (vacation scheduling, stealing office supplies, getting reports typed) are outdated for at least 10 years. I would not recommend this book to anyone who works in a modern company/in Maybe this book is more helpful for fresh college grads, or people who work in really toxic office environments. His advice seems manipulative to co-workers (scheming to get his manager transferred... really?) and dishonest to himself (always smile, never show how hard you work). Most of the office issues he mentions (vacation scheduling, stealing office supplies, getting reports typed) are outdated for at least 10 years. I would not recommend this book to anyone who works in a modern company/industry. He simply assumes that there is a clear path up to the top in any company... we all know that is often not the case today. I would also hate to go into work everyday thinking of it as a battle between "me" and "them".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is one of those books that assumes you live for your job and are willing to devote your life 24/7 to climbing the corporate ladder. You know the kind. It essentially recommends that you spend every waking hour plotting your next career move and every moment at work cultivating a very specific image. It does mention that you need to be good at your job but almost as a minor detail. This book is about image. It sounds exhausting (and a bit sad), even if it's all written in a friendly, self-de This is one of those books that assumes you live for your job and are willing to devote your life 24/7 to climbing the corporate ladder. You know the kind. It essentially recommends that you spend every waking hour plotting your next career move and every moment at work cultivating a very specific image. It does mention that you need to be good at your job but almost as a minor detail. This book is about image. It sounds exhausting (and a bit sad), even if it's all written in a friendly, self-deprecating tone. It reminded me in some ways of one of those guides for aspiring pick-up artists, where tricks, illusion, manipulation and false charm take the place of actual romance. There was some helpful advice along the way about maintaining a professional exterior (I guess we have to) and not getting too bogged down with operational whatnot. I just don't recommend the full program.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    c2010: I am not quite sure how I feel about this book. As pointed out in the preface, anyone who has worked for a while practises a lot of the 'rules' without knowing it. In a way, it is almost like a manual for a psychopath on how to fit in to a normal situation. There are some nuggets of gold but some of the other rules I would hate to think that I am using merely to get on in the working world. I can just imagine that the bright young things running around looking for all the promotions avail c2010: I am not quite sure how I feel about this book. As pointed out in the preface, anyone who has worked for a while practises a lot of the 'rules' without knowing it. In a way, it is almost like a manual for a psychopath on how to fit in to a normal situation. There are some nuggets of gold but some of the other rules I would hate to think that I am using merely to get on in the working world. I can just imagine that the bright young things running around looking for all the promotions available would devour this book..but it makes for a cold, cold, world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SyaSya Syed Nasir

    DNF. But will definitely read it again soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adedoyin Adesanya

    I recommend this book for every college graduate, it’s practically common sense, but some of these things you learn them while working, it’s good to have information, and knowledge is power........ Having this book is acting one step ahead of the others, practicing it, you are sure to be at the top. Well done Templar....... The Book: 1.Walk the talk: These first Rules are the underlying ones that govern all the others—know your job well, do it well, and be better than anyone else at doing it. It’ I recommend this book for every college graduate, it’s practically common sense, but some of these things you learn them while working, it’s good to have information, and knowledge is power........ Having this book is acting one step ahead of the others, practicing it, you are sure to be at the top. Well done Templar....... The Book: 1.Walk the talk: These first Rules are the underlying ones that govern all the others—know your job well, do it well, and be better than anyone else at doing it. It’s that simple. The secret part is to make sure nobody knows how hard you have to work to do it so well. 2.Know that you are being judged at all times 3.Have a plan: He that fails to plan plans to fail: Smart followers of The Rules know exactly where they’re going. 4.If you can’t say anything nice, shut up: We all like to gossip, to bitch, to talk about our boss behind her back. The Rule, however, is—don’t do it. Learn to say only positive things, nice things, and complimentary things. 5. Look after yourself: . These Rules are about minimizing enemies and staying one jump ahead. As you get more successful, it is often a sort of organic process that you attract jealousy and envy. By practicing these Rules, you will avoid this and look after yourself—especially your back. 6. Blend in: No one likes a black sheep or a white crow or a fish that swims in a different direction from the rest of the shoal. These Rules teach you how to blend in, become “one of them” so you don’t stand out as an outsider. 7. Act one step ahead: These Rules teach you how to adopt the mannerisms, attitudes, and managerial traits of the position above the one you currently hold. If you already look as if you’ve been promoted, Chances are you will be. 8. Cultivate Diplomacy: Smooth Rules Players move rapidly up the corporate ladder because they are diplomats. 9. Know the system and milk it: If you are going to move on up, you had better know the ropes. These Rules teach you how to understand the system—and how to milk it for all you’re worth. They will have you out-managing the management because you’ll know the system better than they do. 10. Handle the opposition:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hala Juneh

    This book helps you to highlight on some areas you might not notice on your own, I liked some rules, and I appreciate the efforts of the writer, but on the other side at the end you will feel like you are not Human being who is attending his work , you are an actor on a despicable Stage ! you have to pretend all the time, and fake yourself all the time which leads to hypocrisy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed El-Zeadani

    The author here assumes, throughout much of his book, that his reader is someone in the corporate world (a company setting) and, in that sense, attempts to lay down, in simple words, the rules to ensure a speedy path up the career ladder. Overall, the book is straightforward and doesn’t leave much to ponder about. For a person well raised and possesses a good range of soft skills, the book is rather redundant; however, for someone who is indeed struggling in their career, the book could be illum The author here assumes, throughout much of his book, that his reader is someone in the corporate world (a company setting) and, in that sense, attempts to lay down, in simple words, the rules to ensure a speedy path up the career ladder. Overall, the book is straightforward and doesn’t leave much to ponder about. For a person well raised and possesses a good range of soft skills, the book is rather redundant; however, for someone who is indeed struggling in their career, the book could be illuminating. One of the first rules that come to mind (from a total of 109) is ‘under promise and over deliver’ (RULE 5). “If you know you can do it by Wednesday always say Friday,” Mr. Templar recommends. This point resonated with me well, and it does make sense and gives one less pressure to meet a deadline. RULE 10 also comes to mind here (‘Develop the right attitude’), where the author reaffirms that “the right attitude is head up, never moaning, always positive and upbeat, constantly looking for the advantage and the edge.” In RULE 21, the author reminds the reader to ‘be cool’ where I couldn’t agree more. One must indeed keep their composure and appear in control of things regardless of the circumstances. Two rules later, the author says “always make your signature big – big signature, big person,” as a way to emphasize the importance of how written things matter. In RULE 50, the author advises to ‘keep records’ at all times. Don’t delete old emails, he warns, as they can come in handy to settle a dispute or remind someone of an initial agreement. Before reading this rule, I was thinking to delete some of my old emails to save some space, but Mr. Templar made my job easier by not needing to go back and determine which email I should delete, I’ll be keeping them for now. ‘Put things in perspective’ is another important rule that I feel many people often miss, and a good habit to build. After all, things might not be as serious as many presume. ‘Ask questions in times of conflict’ (RULE 80) came across to me as a good strategy to apply while in conflicts, it can reduce the tension and shift the attention to something else. Moreover, ‘Know the psychology of promotion’ (RULE 102) was an eye opening rule where the author lists several possible reasons behind offering a new post, but perhaps most notably was to get rid of someone by offering the new post to an unsuitable candidate to have grounds for sacking them. In a way the author is trying to be preemptive here. The author ends his book by saying ‘know when to break the rules’ as to say that someone should always employ their judgment at all times. Over the course of his book, the author often repeated himself unnecessarily (e.g. RULE 21 – Be cool and RULE 84 – Never lose your temper). I am not sure whether this is partly due to the curse of career writers who sometimes simply look for content to fill the pages of their books, but still, good rules of conduct always in a way overlap. To me, the book should be read on the side, but not consumed as a main course.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bart Breen

    A Lot of Basic Information There are things in life and business that are caught, not taught. At least there used to be. With this book, Richard Templar takes many of those elements and puts them in a concise and easy form for those who are not fortunate enough to have a mentor, father or some other figure who will take the time and interest in them to teach them. An easy read, it demands returning on occassion to "brush up" on these kernels of wisdom. Many will read. Only some will deliberately put A Lot of Basic Information There are things in life and business that are caught, not taught. At least there used to be. With this book, Richard Templar takes many of those elements and puts them in a concise and easy form for those who are not fortunate enough to have a mentor, father or some other figure who will take the time and interest in them to teach them. An easy read, it demands returning on occassion to "brush up" on these kernels of wisdom. Many will read. Only some will deliberately put them into practise. Those who do will reap the benefits. A standard reference that I keep hidden in my desk. You should too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Peterson

    Excellent, easy read on what your boss and friends won't tell you -- a great reference to getting along better in the work world. Read this!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Asma'a Farahat

    I like the way that the author used on writing this book, It’s clarified how much he benefit from his working life.. But I didn’t like some advice that he gave cause it make me feel like working is kind of being selfish, just to love yourself..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري

    incomplete. to read it later on,

  12. 5 out of 5

    الهنوف

    This book should treated as a BIBLE for employees

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    it was okay book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mena K

    4 stars if i read it 2 years ago , 2 if i was going to read it 2 years later Richard Templar puts his finger on the flaw in the implied logic that concludes that the better we do our job the faster we will rise up the organization. The American management guru Peter Drucker makes a useful distinction between efficiency and effectiveness: efficiency is doing the job right, effectiveness is doing the right job. **get promoted _ get on better with your colleagues _ feel better about yourself _ enjoy you 4 stars if i read it 2 years ago , 2 if i was going to read it 2 years later Richard Templar puts his finger on the flaw in the implied logic that concludes that the better we do our job the faster we will rise up the organization. The American management guru Peter Drucker makes a useful distinction between efficiency and effectiveness: efficiency is doing the job right, effectiveness is doing the right job. **get promoted _ get on better with your colleagues _ feel better about yourself _ enjoy your work more _ understand your job better _ understand your boss’s point of view better _ take more pride in both yourself and your work _ set a good example for junior staff _ contribute more to your company _ be valued and respected _ spread an aura of goodwill and co-operation around you _ be successful if you leave to start your own business Will all this points makes me more optimistic than I should ? Is it offering me less and expecting me to gain more ?? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As a start this book makes you feel like you are going to be the best in what you do .. get promoted … to be an A class student only by following those simple rules ! Despite all the knowledge you have all the qualifications and expertise all this will be nothing if you don't look as the job's needs ! " sometime being able to look like a boss is better than knowing no more than the basics " . Regarding the statement " Never let anyone know how hard you work , never " I saw this a lot in real life … and I admit it really works ! but most of people have a wrong concept about that … as an example student prior the exams ask each other have you studied well ! they answer NO , in this point every thing will be just a lie … so this stamen should be … ( Do let anyone know how hard you work and never lie … ethics are more important than anything and you will look so pathetic and you'll be a liar !) Pages 21-43 Rule no.1 Rule no.1.1 walk your talk From the beginning until the rule 1.2 looks convenient … doing the job on it's best way is an important ! , trophies doesn't come from laziness . I liked the concept of putting two goals for the present and the futuristic once , so being one step ahead is always better . Rule no.1.3 “BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR HAND UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR ANYTHING, THINK VERY CAREFULLY.” … well if I managed to do that it will be a life changing decision , I very often fell on this mistake took a job that wasn't mine and as it's written I always were behind ! . So NO is always an option Rule no.1.4 "You get to move around more, be out of the office more often without having to explain to anyone where you are or what you are doing." This is another important fact that everyone should put in mind … being afraid to do something just because others don't do it … being afraid of the colleges' judgments will never make you stepping forward ! . Rule no.1.5 under promise and over delver … It's always good to have and extra time and extra space to work , but I disagree with the concept of saying I don't know something and I already know it I personally think it's being dishonest just to impress someone , well that’s totally a shame ! Rule no.1.6 knowing something others don't … I would preferred if he said knowing something extra is never useless ! Rule no.1.7 “YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE VIGILANT, DEDICATED, WATCHFUL, KEEN, READY, PREPARED,CAUTIOUS, ALERT AND ON THE BALL.” As they taught us in the medical school single mistake can take a live away ! Rule no1.8 love your work ! no shame to admit that you love it . Rule no.1.9 develop the right attitude … The right attitude is being aware that you have enormous power and that you will exercise that power with kindness, restraint, humanity and consideration no1.10 never let anyone know how hard you work . work on yourself to win on your work as a summary I would like to quote this from the end of the rule no.1.10 _ never ask for an extension of a deadline _ never ask for help: never admit that you are out of your depth – you can ask for guidance, advice, information, an opinion, but never help _ never moan or complain about how much work you have to do _ learn to be assertive so you don’t get overloaded – this is not about letting others know how hard you do work, but you don’t have to overdo it and overwork _ never be seen breaking into a sweat _ always look for ways to ease your work load – unnoticed of course – and ways to speed things up. Pages 41-65 RULE 2 Know that you’re being judged at all times 22 2.1 Dress well 2.2 Cultivate a smile 2.3 No limp fish – develop the perfect handshake 2.4 Exude confidence and energy 30 2.5 Develop a style that gets you noticed 32 2.6 Pay attention to personal grooming 34 2.7 Be attractive 36 2.8 Be cool 38 2.9 Speak well 40 2.10 Write well 42 The second rule seems so self explanatory dress well ,smile ,be confident develop a style etc. all of it we already know it , and we do it most of the times but in the last years by the start of new fashions (street style ,ribbed jeans ,trainers ….. etc. ) people seemed to forget the importance of first impression so it's a good reminder despite that find your identity do what you like but in a way that will rise you up … the only thing that you'll find it hard people will be over judgmental on everything ,but that's what people do it's so human like ! haven't you done it ? … to get rid of that less judge the people and you'll get less comments p.s. don't make judgments on people depending on what they ride … that's rude and it's none of your business. From rule no.2.9 '' There are four key words to remember to get you speaking well: _ bright _ clear _ pleasant _ simple. '' "using ‘less’ when you really mean ‘fewer’ –" so ,it's important to know what are you saying to avoid misunderstandings. From the rule 2.1-2.9 I was thinking well it is just so basic and everyone already do that until I read 2.10 … well now I can say this rule is life changing simply because I worked on it last year ! I was hardly getting my scores to 55 of 100 just to pass an exam or a quiz ,even with hard study , huge efforts I didn't pass the 55 ! … until I worked on my exam paper ! made each word as neat as clear as I could with adequate grammar and correct spelling ,and guess what ?! with the least efforts I scored 70 ! . so this rule is crucial and it's always a win ! . HOW YOU WRITE FOR OTHERS TO READ IS OF UTMOST AND CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE.” Have a plan 3.1 Know what you want long term 3.2 Know what you want short term 3.3 Study the promotion system 3.4 Develop a game plan 3.5 Set objectives 3.6 Know your role 3.7 Know yourself – strengths and weaknesses 3.8 Identify key times and events 3.9 Anticipate threats 3.10 Look for opportunities Without any plan you are just like someone wants to cross the street blindfolded , it's always comfortable to know where are you and how you are progressing 66-88 RULE 4 If you can’t say anything nice – shut up 66 4.1 Don’t gossip 4.2 Don’t bitch 4.3 Stand up for others 4.4 Compliment people sincerely 4.5 Be cheerful and positive 4.6 Ask questions 4.7 Use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ 4.8 Don’t swear 4.9 Be a good listener 4.10 Only speak sense If you want to skip parts from this book make sure it's not this part or these rules …because it's the building block of how you would gain a plan to follow , in this part he will talk about planning and makes it two categories short term goals ( month , 1year , 5 years ), long term goals 9 life goal that if you give up one that your life will be just a fail ! and keeping in the considerations the opportunities that you will face and making your goals to be adaptable with those opportunities Rule 5 Look after yourself 88-108 5.1 Know the ethics of your industry 5.2 Know the legalities of your industry 5.3 Set personal standards 5.4 Never lie 5.5 Never cover up for anyone else 5.6 Keep records 5.7 Know the difference between the truth and the whole truth 5.8 Cultivate your support/contacts/friends 5.9 Understand others’ motives 106 5.10 Assume everyone else is playing by different rules you don’t cover up for anyone, ever, under any circumstances. If you do decide to cover for others it complicates your life so much that it can’t really be worth it. It did actually made my life worse ! I felt embarrassed for what I did and I should admit yes I deserved that ! and I was wrong by doing that solution ? easy ! just say sorry I can't or no promises ! they won't ask you again . It’s a bit like being a martial arts exponent: _ you are alert and prepared, but not muscle bound or aggressive _ you remain flexible and fluid and can move like a cat and dodge whatever is thrown your way without ever adopting a belligerent stance _ you are ready for anything by being grounded and centred. So this rules says from my point of view be helpful but don't forget your self , don’t sacrifice with your own rules just to satisfy anyone ''real friends won't ask you that '' look from the far understand analyze then talk … never lie never swear … know the full truth and know when to give a part of the truth it's a trick but not a lie … and keep a copy from every file so they can't control you as they want . *Pages 110-152 Rule 6 pages 110-131 Blend in 6.1 Know the corporate culture 6.2 Speak the language 6.3 Dress up or down accordingly 6.4 Be adaptable in your dealings with different people 6.5 Know where to hang out, and when 6.6 Understand the social protocols 6.7 Know the rules about authority 6.8 Know the rules about the office hierarchy 6.9 Never disapprove of others 6.10 Understand the herd mentality Adaptation is the key for this rule , without losing your own identity … that looks little confusing but it's some how convenient . to be honest this rule is for people work in a closed office like environment . Ps : discussing different subject acting talking with each one somehow differently never makes you a liar or fake RULE 7 Act one step ahead 132-152 7.1 Dress one step ahead 7.2 Talk one step ahead 7.3 Act one step ahead 7.4 Think one step ahead 7.5 Address corporate issues and problems 7.6 Talk of ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ 7.7 Walk the walk 7.8 Spend more time with senior staff 7.9 Get people to assume you have already made the step 7.10 Prepare for the step after next You need to project a mature but fun image. All these steps of the rule won't make you a ----monster but you'll gain more respect specially 7.6 . Act as a smart one and be a smart one. 154-219 8 Cultivate diplomacy 8.1 Ask questions in times of conflict 156 8.2 Don’t take sides 158 8.3 Know when to keep your opinions to yourself 160 8.4 Be conciliatory 162 8.5 Never lose your temper 164 8.6 Never get personal 166 8.7 Know how to handle other people’s anger 168 8.8 Stand your ground 170 8.9 Be objective about the situation 172 8.10 Put things in perspective 174 "Asking questions usually gets people to switch their attention from the main argument to a detail." "No one is allowed to bully you, threaten you, shout at you, hit you, intimidate you, frighten you, tease you, victimize you, or torment you in any way." This part is concerning about the daily issues that you could face the possible mean or hateful thing you might hear … it's 100% pain relief if you followed those steps , saying NO is not a bad thing ! ,staying calm mostly calms everything. ----------------------------------------- RULE 9 Know the system – and milk it 9.1 Know all the unspoken rules of office life 9.2 Know what to call everyone 9.3 Know when to stay late and when to go early 9.4 Know the theft or perks rule 9.5 Identify the people who count 9.6 Be on the right side of the people who count 9.7 Be well up on new management techniques 9.8 Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas 9.9 Know the favourites and cultivate them 9.10 Know the mission statement – and understand it This rule is all about the environment of the office , accurately the traditions that's been put by the older employees . it's some how important to know but it's not must to follow . --------------------------------------------------- RULE 10 Handle the opposition 198 10.1 Identify the opposition 10.2 Study them closely 10.3 Don’t back-stab 10.4 Know the psychology of promotion 10.5 Don’t give too much away 10.6 Keep your ear to the ground 10.7 Make the opposition seem irreplaceable 10.8 Don’t damn the opposition with faint praise 10.9 Capitalize on the career enhancing moments 10.10 Cultivate the friendship and approval of your colleagues "You have to make them feel special, feel that without you their lives are grey and dull and boring." Even if you were work with devils be special and choose to be the angle and don't let the hatters to turn you down , cause that's their job , and never yours . respect , appreciate ,and never ever tell any lie . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ as a conclusion of the book is it helpful ? , of course ! ... so it's highly recommended if you are a businessman/woman ,or it's your first year of collage . The end .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alain Burrese

    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 foun 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean Goh

    According to this book, I'm not supposed to actually announce that I've read it (or specifically that I'm playing by the Rules), but whatever. Underpromise and overdeliver. But don't fail. Learn to ask why, it is way easier to do things purposefully when you actually know the purpose for your actions or the work coming in or the focus of the project. You can't stop people from making judgements, but you can change those judgements and consciously affect them. Write a game plan and stick to it. No on According to this book, I'm not supposed to actually announce that I've read it (or specifically that I'm playing by the Rules), but whatever. Underpromise and overdeliver. But don't fail. Learn to ask why, it is way easier to do things purposefully when you actually know the purpose for your actions or the work coming in or the focus of the project. You can't stop people from making judgements, but you can change those judgements and consciously affect them. Write a game plan and stick to it. No one intends to be the asshole, but some end up doing so anyway. Have objectives for the work you do and the meetings you attend. It helps you decide when to make yourself scarce. (Define mission success) Opportunities are like balls thrown at you, you have but a split second to catch them. Stand up for people, no matter how unpleasant they may be. Make a conscious effort to see the good in people. Stay positive. Moaning about a situation usually doesn't solve it. Set personal standards, a code of conduct or core values to guide your actions. Keep records (minute writing!) They help to clarify whether you've finished your agreed-upon deliverable. It is just a job. Don't let bad things at work spill over into the rest of your life. Different strokes for different folks. Make your boss look good. Figure out who's who in the office. The gatekeepers, the decision makers. Be the grown-up. Mature, responsible, dependable, conscientious. Take one step back. See how problems / policy changes affect the organisation, not just yourself and your lunch break. Bosses are people too. Don't treat them like untouchables. Your opinion should always have to be dragged from you. What you have to say is important. Justifiable anger needs a result. An apology, a corrective action. Tactical anger has to be stopped at once, to discourage future attempts. Know the unspoken rules in the office. Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas. Question the motives of everyone and everything. Know what is going on (situational awareness) Make the opposition irreplaceable (they're doing such a good job with accounts/marketing/managing this project) **Capitalise on career enhancing moments (anything high-profile, basically). It's your chance to shine! Know when to break the rules.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    R.O.W. - top takeaways 1) ~monthly unsolicited report. Take initiative. 2) Set work done by lunchtime 3) Volunteer sparingly 4) Carve out a niche for yourself 5) Never deliver late or short (under promise, over deliver) 6) Understand boss' motives, and company's goals 7) 100% commitment to role and goals 8) ENJOY the work 9) See management's viewpoint 10) Don't overwork. Manage your energy - Food, excersize, sleep, meditation. 11) Look for ways to reduce workload, delegate, not be seen as working too hard 1 R.O.W. - top takeaways 1) ~monthly unsolicited report. Take initiative. 2) Set work done by lunchtime 3) Volunteer sparingly 4) Carve out a niche for yourself 5) Never deliver late or short (under promise, over deliver) 6) Understand boss' motives, and company's goals 7) 100% commitment to role and goals 8) ENJOY the work 9) See management's viewpoint 10) Don't overwork. Manage your energy - Food, excersize, sleep, meditation. 11) Look for ways to reduce workload, delegate, not be seen as working too hard 12) Work life at work, home life at home 13) Smile, confident, spring in step 14) Have a classic, consistent appearance, checked every single day 15) Study promotion system in company and in sector 16) Have clearly defined goals for 1, 3, 5 y 17) Avoid gossip and badmouthing people 18) Compliment people sincerely, followed by a question 19) In conversation, ask question, use please and thank you always 20) Keep records of requests and deliverables. Double confirm. 21) Keep faith and keep perspective. Its a long game. 22) Understand boss' motives. Make your boss look good. 23) Get your face known. Get your name known. 24) Think like an owner of the business 25) Spend more time with senior staff

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    I think self-help books may not be for me. This was a book of essentially common-sense advice, with an overly pretentious and condescending tone about how to get promoted. The book markets itself as advice for work generally - but honestly it isn't. It's purely about how to reach the top of your career - at all costs to your personality. The image it cultivates of the ideal worker is one devoid of individual personality, intuition or creativity. Instead, he advises you become purely reactionary t I think self-help books may not be for me. This was a book of essentially common-sense advice, with an overly pretentious and condescending tone about how to get promoted. The book markets itself as advice for work generally - but honestly it isn't. It's purely about how to reach the top of your career - at all costs to your personality. The image it cultivates of the ideal worker is one devoid of individual personality, intuition or creativity. Instead, he advises you become purely reactionary to the actions of co-workers, bosses and company policy changes in order to get ahead and establish yourself as the best employee in the world. His advice is at times contradictory, and all in all impossible to achieve, mainly because you cannot be 'cool' and be just purely dedicated to work in my opinion. You cannot be one of the 'herd' when you refuse to get yourself involved with anything remotely outside of the scope of work with your co-workers. Following his advice, will make you stand out - but as a devious, manipulative worker with little else to offer. The book doesn't focus on personal development, or how to improve yourself as a worker but tells you have to manipulate others to your own gain. All in all a terrible book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    So many things that i have learnt from this book. But what i like the most is that this book really teaches me to take a look at myself in the mirror, to know myself, learn about myself, judge myself before i judge someone else. Teaches me how to take care of myself in terms of performance, attitude, the way of thinking, etc. Also, it gives me more knowledge of what i or could i say we... must react while working for a company. It explains what is the importance of Blending In. Where each corpor So many things that i have learnt from this book. But what i like the most is that this book really teaches me to take a look at myself in the mirror, to know myself, learn about myself, judge myself before i judge someone else. Teaches me how to take care of myself in terms of performance, attitude, the way of thinking, etc. Also, it gives me more knowledge of what i or could i say we... must react while working for a company. It explains what is the importance of Blending In. Where each corporations and companies all around the world has it's own what is so-called the 'Corporate Culture',this book tells you how to adapt with the culuture and how to cope with problems that may occur. Overall.... it is a good book to develop yourself and to broadened your knowledge about the working lifestyle. Afterall, Knowledge is Power. I like this book very much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    This book is like the Christian bible. While the bible talks about everything under the sun, this book talks about being smart in the office. It gives a lot of vital survival tips for everyone in the workforce. If you follow every rule in this book diligently, there's no way for failure. There is only one way and that is going up. This book provides revelation to those who are not aware of the office politics aka The Game. We're being watched and judged by everything that we say or do, no matter This book is like the Christian bible. While the bible talks about everything under the sun, this book talks about being smart in the office. It gives a lot of vital survival tips for everyone in the workforce. If you follow every rule in this book diligently, there's no way for failure. There is only one way and that is going up. This book provides revelation to those who are not aware of the office politics aka The Game. We're being watched and judged by everything that we say or do, no matter where we are. As long as we're in an office, we have to play by the rules of work. The book is easy to read but the rules are hard to follow. The reason is simply because we're human. Read the book and judge for yourself.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Graham Ormiston

    The Rules of Work hit a nerve for me. In 2018 I read several books on the general theme of ‘Make Your Work Life Great Again’. Some of these were written in an accessible, friendly manner, tending to veer away from perhaps more traditional hard-line forms of ‘This is The Answer’, instead opting for ‘This Worked for Me… Who Knows, Maybe You Too…’ The subtitle for The Rules of Work: A definitive code for personal success, provides a subtle clue as to which camp this one sits in. It’s delivered in a se The Rules of Work hit a nerve for me. In 2018 I read several books on the general theme of ‘Make Your Work Life Great Again’. Some of these were written in an accessible, friendly manner, tending to veer away from perhaps more traditional hard-line forms of ‘This is The Answer’, instead opting for ‘This Worked for Me… Who Knows, Maybe You Too…’ The subtitle for The Rules of Work: A definitive code for personal success, provides a subtle clue as to which camp this one sits in. It’s delivered in a semi-biblical manner, a carved stone offering of solid guaranteed wisdom. However, I felt the book read as a series of 100 ways to get ahead of those around you. It didn’t read, ‘treat others as you’d like to be treated’, but more like, ‘watch your neighbour and pounce on their weaknesses. And make sure you don’t get caught.’ This is a book about getting ahead. There are a few reasons that this doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not that I’m not competitive. But I have managed to stay out of the corporate world of work for the longest time, and as such, I’ve thankfully been mostly sheltered from an extremely competitive environment — the industry I sit in (digital/creative) tends to reward quality of work over appearances and talk, though that’s not to say I never feel envious of someone’s talents or achievements! Don’t be a Suit I used to watch the show Suits with fascination, all the time thinking how fictional it all seemed. I watched it for a couple of seasons until I noticed the episodic formula: Dramatic opening scene, tension Opening titles, upbeat music Mike saves the day with his super brain but not before making a terrible moral judgement, usually prompted by Harvey Argument won by somebody walking away (cue music) Closing titles, moody music. Seriously, how is that show so popular? Probably all the beautiful people… But the truth is, some industries do facilitate aggressively competitive environments: I’m thinking mainly of law or finance. It’s ‘eat or be eaten’. In law (in the UK at least), the aim has commonly been to try and make Partner, getting a share of the firm’s profit, making those years of hundred-hour weeks seem worthwhile. This book was, I believe, written for people who live in those worlds. I think perhaps my irritation at this book is somewhat unfair. It may be a little at the mercy of being one of the only books I’ve read all year that I actually dislike. My reading list is generally composed of highly recommended books, plus, I’m quite easy to please really. The author doesn’t need, nor care about, my praise or criticism though. His book is a bestseller, which I guess is a self-fulfilling return as I bought it for that very reason. Rules of Work content breakdown I’ll break down some of the areas covered in The Rules of Work: - Be good at your work (duh) - Be cool (people are judging you) - Think about the future (plan) - Listen more than you speak (good advice) - Watch your back (be ethical and keep records) - Play the game (be whatever the company tells you to be) - Set the trends (look for genuine change and ways to make it happen) - Be a diplomat (aka please everyone) - Milk the system (erm…) - Manipulate and beat your opposition (now we’re talking) Bonus: how to be powerful (for all those budding dictators) Within each of these broad areas, there are many commandments. For example, as part of the ‘you’re being judged’ section, there’s a commandment to look after your personal hygiene. Who knew that cleaning your teeth every day would get you to the top? Or even that it would be included in a book about getting ahead in life? If you haven’t figured out that cleaning your teeth is worthwhile… Anyway, some of the commands seem to make perfect sense. There’s dress one step ahead, make your boss look good, don’t gossip. But others jar with me: develop a style that gets you noticed, be cool (yuck), develop the perfect handshake. (There’s a whole chapter on this. Okay, don’t let your hand turn into a limp fish but that’s about it surely?) What are your own rules? The thing that struck me in reviewing this book was the thought, what rules do you work to? We all have rules that we live by, consciously or otherwise. Some of our rules could be relayed with clarity, but some go much deeper — from our upbringing or our faith. We may not be able to articulate everything, but I do agree with the author that it’s worth setting yourself some rules, to help you stay on track when life throws a curveball at you. Remembering one hundred rules can be difficult, so here’s an old school one from Jesus (amongst others) that I’d recommend perhaps starting with: Do for others what you’d like them to do for you. It’s a backwards upside down rule for living by. Stick to that one, and I think you’ll be amazed – you’ll win people over (for the right reasons, and not to manipulate them.) You’ll even start to like people you didn’t get on with that well before. Benjamin Franklin documented this effect – to summarise; if you want someone to like you, ask them to lend you a book. Who knows, you might even end up cleaning your teeth occasionally. The world is complicated enough without us each trying to step on each other on the way up to ‘the top’ — a fictional, or at least unsatisfactory end-point to our working lives. I’ll give The Rules of Work a ‘meh’, not because Templar is a lousy author but because I don’t particularly agree with the approach to working life. Too harsh? This review was originally posted on my writing blog.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    I discovered this fantastic book in the business section of B&N. I purchased it for a departing intern who works for me. From browsing through the pages it seems like the holy grail of tips on "getting ahead" in the business rat race. I have a copy on reserve at the local library and am purchasing a copy for Robyn. I want her to share with Allison also. I wish I had this guidance 25 years ago! I read this book in two days but I had other things to do why it took so long. I actually took several po I discovered this fantastic book in the business section of B&N. I purchased it for a departing intern who works for me. From browsing through the pages it seems like the holy grail of tips on "getting ahead" in the business rat race. I have a copy on reserve at the local library and am purchasing a copy for Robyn. I want her to share with Allison also. I wish I had this guidance 25 years ago! I read this book in two days but I had other things to do why it took so long. I actually took several pointers away and will apply them to my remaining few years with the government.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tom Robbins

    Really practical, clear-cut and succinct suggestions based on years of experience of how to do well in your job. Most of this is really aimed at private sector, 'the firm' type environment but aspects are applicable to most areas of work. For a student this was really useful in trying to normalize myself to the rules and conventions of the workplace.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ovie

    I don't know how I got this book or why I began reading it. That being said, it is as others have described; a bit much in some areas. (the section on personal appearance did irk me.) However, the book does offer many small bits of useful information that I feel we could all use to get ahead not only at work, but also in other areas of life as well.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kressel Housman

    Work hard. Dress well. Don't get involved in office politics, but do keep an ear to the ground for ways to get ahead. Those are a few samples of the "rules" from The Rules of Work. Common sense advice, really, but good reminders. Still, as career development books go, I got more out of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and So Good They Can't Ignore You.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angel Serrano

    Las diez reglas para hacer carrera profesional con éxito: 1. Walk your talk 2. Know that you're bing judged at all times 3. Have a plan 4. If you can't say anything nice, shut-up 5. Look after yourself 6. Blend in 7. Act one step ahead 8. Cultivate diplomacy 9. Know the system - and milk it 10. Handle the opposition

  27. 5 out of 5

    Helen Bengtsson

    Hmmm, I'm exhausted after just reading this, let alone trying to implement the 'work persona' I'm supposed to adopt to do well. Instead I think I will just continue to be me at work, trying to get the best job done whilst getting on with my clients and colleagues. If that doesn't make me Managing Director, so be it. (Can I get a book deal now?!)

  28. 4 out of 5

    ElSayed Mahmoud ElSehamy

    A foremost a guide for the individuals.. For those who would like to reach the top, and maintain the excellence; their way to find the map, or rather the map itself.. Some of the rules could be called "Rules of Life" not only for business or professional work.. Brilliant! ---- The book would be much better if it written in a more formal language, as it mainly targeted the professional people..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

    The book title implies you must play according to the rules,for a person who hates borders,circles or whatever design besieging his attitude or behaviors it's troublesome!! However to be considered as an advice guide for promotion,it's not too annoying.. Read it,use what suits you,throw out the rest of it ...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Johan Sulaiman

    Underwhelming 10 years later. May be a good book for recent graduate but it feels oversimplified and some of the rules feel misguided (#10 Never let anyone know how hard you work, Rule #5.5 Never cover up for anyone else).

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