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Rule 1 – Rules of Work

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It’s all too easy for your work to get overlooked in the busy
hurly-burly of office life. You’re slaving away, and it can be
hard to remember that you need to put in some effort to boost
your individual status and personal kudos for your work. But
it’s important. You have to make your mark so you stand out
and your promotional potential will be realized.
The best way to do this is to step outside the normal working
routine. If you have to process so many widgets each day—
and so does everyone else—then processing more won’t do
you that much good. But if you submit a report to your boss of
how everyone could process more widgets, then you’ll get
The unsolicited report is a brilliant way to stand out
from the crowd. It shows you’re thinking on your feet and
using your initiative. But it mustn’t be used too often. If you
subject your boss to a barrage of unsolicited reports, you’ll get
noticed but in completely the wrong way. You have to stick to
certain Rules:

• Only submit a report occasionally.
• Make really sure that your report will actually work—that it
will do good or provide benefits.
• Make sure your name is prominently displayed.
• Make sure the report will be seen not only by your boss,
but by his boss as well.
• It doesn’t have to be a report—it can be an article in the
company newsletter.

Of course, the very best way to get your work noticed is to be
very, very good at your job. And the best way to be good at
your job is to be totally dedicated to doing the job and ignoring
all the rest. There is a vast amount of politics, gossip,
gamesmanship, time wasting, and socializing that goes on in
the name of work. It isn’t work. #Keep your eye on the ball, and
you’ll already be playing with a vast advantage over your colleagues.
The Rules Player stays focused. Keep your mind on
the task
at hand—being very good at your job—and don’t get

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