Tuesday, 5 July 2016

RULE 1: Let your work do the Speaking

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Governor Of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode 
This is the underlying rule that governs all the others – know your job well, do it well and be better than anyone else at doing it.  It’s that simple.  The secret part is to make sure nobody knows how hard you have to work to do it so well.  You can do all your learning in secret, in private – you just don’t let on, don’t let anyone know you do this – and never ever let anyone know you’ve read this book; it is your secret bible.  The important thing is to look calm and efficient, on top of everything and totally in control. You glide through your daily work with ease and confidence.  You are unflappable and unstoppable.  Bottom line is, however, you must be really good at your basic job.

                          …And get your work noticed
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 subject a report to your boss of how everyone could process more widgets then you’ll get noticed. 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 submit 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 their 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 be already playing with a vast advantage over your colleagues.  The Rules Players stays focused.  Keep your mind on the task at hand – being very good at your job – and don’t get distracted.

RULE 1.2

(Excerpts from THE RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to be in your boss’ good book in a bad way” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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