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:-
- Make your customer number one.
- Make your staff number one.
- (for the Christian market) Make God number one.
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
- DO sweat the small stuff.
- Motivate people with praise (it saves you money)
- Be original, make your own path.
- Copy what successful companies do.
- When you make a list, try to have ten items on it, even if you have to cheat.
Jurgen Wolff (on BNET)