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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447929543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447929543
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a definitive code for personal business success...Key points, concisely made, that can steer anyone through the minefield of office life."

 

Management Today

 

 “Learn the lessons of Richard Templar’s bestselling book “The Rules of Work”, and then sit back as your career rockets through the stratosphere…..Templar knows the truth about work and all those tens of thousands of readers know it too.”

David Bolchover, The Daily Telegraph

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The Rules of Work

A definitive code for personal success

 

For some people, work is a breeze. They glide effortlessly onwards and upwards, always saying and doing the right thing, getting raises, getting promotions, getting results.

 

Is there something they know that we don’t? You bet there is. They know The Rules of Work.

 

These rules are the guiding principles that will improve both what you do and how you do it, giving you the unmistakeable 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.

 

Since it was first published 10 years ago The Rules of Work has become a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the world. Readers have testified in their droves to the powerful effect these rules have had on their working lives.

 

The Rules of Work is an eye-opener for all those who would like to rise to the top but don’t seem to be able to find the map.” 

Sir Antony Jay, author of Yes, Minister; Founder of Video Arts


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JibbityJobby on 2 April 2010
Format: Paperback
For someone starting out on their career, wishing to move up the corporate ladder or seeking to clarify their attitude to work I recommend this book as a simple, but slightly flawed, overview of the typical office temperament and politics. The book contains 108 rules, all presented in a succinct, neat and very readable format. Some of the rules and Templar's anecdotes are quite interesting and/or funny, which, when combined with his friendly style, make this very readable.

How much you get out of this book will depend on your level of experience, desire for conformity in your working attitude and the type of job that you do. The rules primarily describe an ideal (in Templar's mind), ambitious (but affable), highly competent (but smarmy) white collar office worker or manager, although most are general enough to be applicable to other professions. They give (sometimes obvious) advice on how to: stand out from the crowd (for the right reasons), act up for promotion, deal with other people, present yourself, organize effectively, know your corporation etc.

The depth of advice, although comprehensive, is fairly basic, but is at the right level for a book of this type. Any more analytical and both readability and practicality would suffer. Some of the rules seemingly contradict and overlap, which Templar seems to just ignore. However these areas of ambiguity can be easily spotted and resolved as the reader sees fit.

Also, there is a slight underlying feeling of disingenuousness with some of the rules, especially with those that advocate being nice. Although sincerity does get a mention, it's only briefly and after a long paragraph detailing the material advantages of this attitude.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R Freeman on 22 May 2010
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This book has been around for years and I remember flicking through it when it first came out but not buying a copy. But I picked it up on a whim on a 'buy one, get one half price' offer. I think some of the advice is reasonable enough, but just too obvious for my tastes. Many of the rules chapters start with a short cautionary tale: these were entertaining enough but sometimes felt a little too cartoon-y for my liking. My overall feeling is that the book suits people who wish that there could be a set of hard rules by which they can live, i.e. 'do this', 'do that', 'definitely don't do that'. But in my view, real life (and that includes real working life) involves many shades of grey, and this book gives the reader a dangerous feeling that you can thrive by just following a set of totally prescriptive rules.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By isaac on 27 May 2014
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It's basically a book about how to excel in work by being an absolute boring moron who works them selves stupid. Simply states the obvious: Always look smart, be the best at your job and learn new skills outside of work secretly to "wow" people, but never tell people you are secretly studying in your own time.

Some neat advice but nothing amazing in here. If you want to be a corporate superstar,work until your 75 and retire a happy corporate chappy then this is probably for you. If you want to smash the status quo into next week and do something interesting with your life then read another book. This book makes me think of the colour grey. Not sure why.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Jones on 17 Oct. 2004
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I thought I was good at my job, on my way up the ladder. This book showed me I was wrong. It is a "bible" that should be read over and over. I wasn't going to be promoted because I wasn't promotable. It's informative, interesting and often quite funny.
Anyone who works in an office will love it! Excellent !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Eraov-Reviews on 28 April 2013
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'THE RULES OF'................... By RICHARD TEMPLAR are a Series of Books that deal with various aspects of life - and all aspects of The Working Life.
In these books are numerous Rules that are spread amongst several chapters.
These are not just a list of Rules of 'Do's and Don't's, these are Rules that advise what your response should be to a given situation, or what 'your' typical attitude should be like - if you can remember The Rule.

THE RULES OF WORK By RICHARD TEMPLAR has 10 Rules or sections, each with 10 sub-headings.
The 10 Rules are:
a) Walk Your Talk,
b) Know That You're Being Judged At All Times,
c) Have A Plan,
d) If You Can't Say Anything Nice - Shut Up,
e) Look After Yourself,
f) Blend In,
g) Act One Step Ahead,
h) Cultivate Diplomacy,
i) Know The System And Milk It,
j) Handle The Opposition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Mar. 2013
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Lots of reviews complain that Templar's books are all about stating the obvious and whilst this is probably true that doesn't, in my opinion, lessen the value of this book. I am a very successful person in my career and it has taken me many many years to learn some of the key lessons in this book, and even then I learnt loads from it.
I don't know what the critics expect to read when they pick up one of Templar's books but for me this one didn't fail to deliver. I usually gift my books to charity once read but something tells me I'm going to want to hold onto this one.......
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2004
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I'm not usually given to writing any sort of review but having just finished this book and knowing what an inspiration it was to me, I felt it would be a crime not to.
Mr Templar just keeps on hitting the nail on the head with his incisive and succinct style and shows you EXACTLY what it takes to scale the corporate ladder. Forget about hard work and ability - these only account for a comparatively insignificant part of what is actually needed.
I only wish a guide such as this had been available to me when I started out in my career as I could have saved myself the time and effort of actually applying myself to what I should be doing at work. Mr Templar shows us it is just as (if not more) important to concentrate on networking, being seen in the right places with the right people. Also of course the golden rule - It is better to give the IMPRESSION that you can actually do the job, as this will carry you on much farther than your ACTUAL ability in your current role.
This book is truly invaluable and should be compulsory reading in schools and is a must for anyone taking their first tentative steps on the corporate ladder. Fantastic!
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