June 25, 2007

50 Golden Rules to Skyrocket your Career

Richard Moran, working as a business consultant all over the world, had discovered some basic career-related golden rules that everyone should know—but many don’t. Here is the list.



I have added by own to make the complete the list of "50 Golden Rules to Skyrocket your Career".





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

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

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

  4. Never bring your boss a problem without some solution.

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

  6. Long hours don’t mean anything; results count, not effort.

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

  8. Always arrive at work 30 minutes before your boss.

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

  10. Don’t take days off sick—unless you are.

  11. Assume no one can/will keep a secret.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

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

  16. Acknowledging someone else’s contribution will repay you doubly.

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

  18. Always choose to do what you’ll remember ten years from now.

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

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

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

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

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

  24. Eliminate guilt. Don’t fiddle expenses, taxes or benefits, and don’t cheat colleagues.

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

  26. Job security does not exist.

  27. Always have an answer to the question, “What would I do if I lost my job tomorrow?”

  28. Go to the company Christmas party.

  29. Don’t get drunk at the company Christmas party.

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

  31. The most successful people in business are interesting.

  32. Sometimes you’ll be on a winning streak and everything will click; take maximum advantage.

  33. When the opposite is true, hold steady and wait it out.

  34. Never in your life say, “It’s not my job.”

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

  36. Understand the skills and abilities that set you apart.

  37. Use them whenever you have an opportunity.

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

I will add some more rules from my experience [:-)] to complete the list.



  1. Stay away from colleagues who talk rumours. Get away from Office Politics.

  2. Always have some ideas on your sleeve on how to improve your company. Think what will you do, if you run the company. You will get an opportunity to express them.

  3. Do not take all your colleague's work just to prove you can do a better job(you are ruining him/her by helping them, actually).

  4. If you decide to quit your job, Quit on a high note. Make them miss you. Quit in a nice way. You may end up working for the same company again.

  5. Arrange picnics and social outings with your office colleagues.

  6. Always ask for a salary rise, only after a remarkable achievement of yours. Test your boss's mood before you speak.

  7. If your boss is not around (on a business trip / vacation), work twice as much (your boss would have kept spies to watch).

  8. When your colleague does something wrong for the first time, talk to him in private. If that fails, then you must take that to management.

  9. Praise the people. Often people work for a good word of praise.

  10. Offer respectable title for a job.

  11. Speak directly to your boss in private if you are not satisfied with your job. Not to your sub-ordinates or colleagues.

  12. Do not try to judge people immediately. Have an open mind for ideas from every one. Every one has got a brain, right?


Adapted and improved from Ramdhanyk's blog

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