Friday, November 24, 2006

Golden Rules for Career Success

Richard Moran working as a business consultant all over the world, have discovered some basic career-related rules that everyone should know-but many don't.
  • Business is made up of ambiguous victories and nebulous defeats.Claim them all as victories.

  • Keep track of what you do; someone is sure to ask.

  • Be comfortable around managers, or learn to fake it.

  • Never bring your boss a problem without some solution.

  • You are getting paid to think, not to whine.

  • Long hours don't mean anything; results count, not effort.

  • Write down ideas; they get lost, like good pens.

  • Always arrive at work 30 minutes before your boss.

  • Help other people network for jobs. You never know when your turn will come.

  • Don't take days off sick-unless you are.

  • Assume no one can/will keep a secret.

  • Know when you do your best-morning, night, under pressure, relaxed; schedule and prioritize your work accordingly.

  • Treat everyone who works in the organization with respect and dignity, whether it be the cleaner or the managing director. Don't ever be patronizing.

  • Never appear stressed in front of a client, a customer or your boss. Take a deep breath and ask yourself: In the course of human events, how important is this?

  • If you get the entrepreneurial urge, visit someone who has his own business. It may cure you.

  • Acknowledging someone else's contribution will repay you doubly.

  • Career planning is an oxymoron. The most exciting opportunities tend to be unplanned.

  • Always choose to do what you'll remember ten years from now.

  • The size of your office is not as important as the size of your pay cheque.

  • Understand what finished work looks like and deliver your work only when it is finished.

  • The person who spends all of his or her time is not hard-working; he or she is boring.

  • Know how to write business letters-including thank-you notes as well as proposals.

  • Never confuse a memo with reality. Most memos from the top are political fantasy..

  • Eliminate guilt. Don't fiddle expenses, taxes or benefits, and don't cheat colleagues.

  • Reorganizations mean that someone will lose his or her job.Get on the committee that will make the recommendations.

  • Job security does not exist. Always have an answer to the question, "What would I do if I lost my job tomorrow?"

  • Go to the company Christmas party. But Don't get drunk at the company party.

  • Avoid working at weekends. Work longer during the week if you have to.

  • The most successful people in business are interesting.

  • Sometimes you'll be on a winning streak and everything will click; take maximum advantage. When the opposite is true, hold steady and wait it out.

  • Never in your life say, "It's not my job."

  • Be loyal to your career, your interests and yourself.

  • Understand the skills and abilities that set you apart. Use them whenever you have an opportunity.

  • People remember the end of the project. As they say in boxing, "Always finish stronger than you start."

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