"...this guide provides readers with much more than just early careers advice; it can help everyone from interns to CEOs." — a Financial Times top title
You've landed a job. Now what?
No one tells you how to navigate your first day in a new role. No one tells you how to take ownership, manage expectations, or handle workplace politics. No one tells you how to get promoted.
The answers to these professional unknowns lie in the unspoken rules—the certain ways of doing things that managers expect but don't explain and that top performers do but don't realize.
The problem is, these rules aren't taught in school. Instead, they get passed down over dinner or from mentor to mentee, making for an unlevel playing field, with the insiders getting ahead and the outsiders stumbling along through trial and error.
In this practical guide, Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student and Harvard career adviser, demystifies the unspoken rules of work. Ng distills the wisdom he has gathered from over five hundred interviews with professionals across industries and job types about the biggest mistakes people make at work. Loaded with frameworks, checklists, and talking points, the book provides concrete strategies you can apply immediately to your own situation and will help you navigate inevitable questions, such as:
- How do I manage my time in the face of conflicting priorities?
- How do I build relationships when I’m working remotely?
- How do I ask for help without looking incompetent or lazy?
The Unspoken Rules is the only book you need to perform your best, stand out from your peers, and set yourself up for a fulfilling career.
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|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Gorick Ng is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has managed new employees at Boston Consulting Group, has worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse, and is also a researcher with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the New York Post, World Journal, and on CBC. Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
You can find the author at:
gorick.com linkedin.com/in/gorickng instagram.com/gorick.ng twitter.com/gorickng
Table of Contents
Introduction The Unspoken Rules 1
1 The Three Cs Competence, Commitment, Compatibility 9
Secrets to Getting Started
2 Think, "Let's Give This a Shot!" 21
3 Show Up Like a High Performer 31
4 Be Proactive 41
Secrets to Shaping Others' Perceptions
5 Know How to Tell Your Story 53
6 Manage Your Appearance 69
7 Send the Right Signals 79
Secrets to Getting the Job Done
8 Take Ownership 97
9 Manage Your Workload 119
Secrets to Getting Along With Everyone
10 Read between the People 141
11 Spark Relationships 151
Secrets to Getting Ahead
12 Master Meetings 171
13 Manage Feedback 189
14 Resolve Conflicts 205
15 Show Your Potential 223
About the Author 263