Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Practical and Actionable Rules for Career Success - Richard Moran

ü Business is made up of ambiguous victories and nebulous defeats. Claim them all as victories.

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

ü Be comfortable around senior managers, or learn to fake it.

ü Never bring your boss a problem without some solution.

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

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

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

ü Always arrive at work 30 minutes before your boss.

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

ü Don't take days off sick unless you are.

ü Assume no one can / will keep a secret.

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

ü 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.

ü 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ü Job security does not exist.

ü Always have an answer to the question, What would I do if I lost my job tomorrow

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

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

ü The most successful people in business are interesting.

ü 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.

ü Never in your life say, Its not my job

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

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

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

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