The Golden Rules of Business

  • Business is made up of ambiguous victories and nebulous defeats. Claim them all as victories.
  • Keep track of what you do: someone is sure ask
  • 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 yours ideas; they get lost, like good pens.
  • 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.
  • Know when you do your best - morning, night, under pressure; 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, 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 at work 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.
  • Reorganization means that someone will lose his or her job. Get on the committee that will make 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.
  • Don't get drunk at the company Christmas 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 the opportunity.
  • People remember the end of the project. As they say in boxing, ”Always finish stronger that you start”

Richard A. Morgan - ”Never Confuse a Memo with Reality”.

The Ten Lessons that Cover All Business Books

Here's a time-saving device: the ten lessons most business books boil down to:-

  1. Make your customer number one.
  2. Make your staff number one.
  3. (for the Christian market) Make God number one.
  4. Don't sweat the small stuff.
  5. DO sweat the small stuff.
  6. Motivate people with praise (it saves you money)
  7. Be original, make your own path.
  8. Copy what successful companies do.
  9. When you make a list, try to have ten items on it, even if you have to cheat.

Jurgen Wolff (on BNET)