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By Richard Templar

Rule 1- Walk your talk

1.    Get your work noticed
2.    Never stand still
3.    Volunteer carefully
4.    Carve out a niche for yourself
5.    Under promise and over deliver
6.    Know something others don’t
7.    Be 100% committed
8.    Enjoy what you are doing
9.    Develop the right attitude
10.  Never let anyone know how hard you work

Rule 2 – Know that you’re being judged at all times

1.    Dress well
2.    Cultivate a smile
3.    No limp fish – develop the perfect handshake
4.    Exude confidence and energy
5.    Develop a style that gets you noticed
6.    Pay attention to personal grooming
7.    Be attractive
8.    Be cool
9.    Speak well
10.  Write well

Rule 3 – Have a plan

1.    Know what you want long term
2.    Know what you want short term
3.    Study the promotion system
4.    Develop a game plan
5.    Set objectives
6.    Know your role
7.    Know yourself – strengths and weaknesses
8.    Identify key times and events
9.    Anticipate threats
10. Look for opportunities

Rule 4- If you can’t say anything nice, shut up

1.    Don’t gossip
2.    Don’t bitch
3.    Stand up for others
4.    Compliment people sincerely
5.    Be cheerful and positive
6.    Ask questions
7.    Use “please” and “thank you”
8.    Don’t swear
9.    Be a good listener
10. Only speak sense

Rule 5- Look after yourself

1.    Know the ethics of your industry
2.    Know the legalities of your industry
3.    Set personal standards
4.    Never lie
5.    Never cover up for anyone
6.    Keep records
7.    Know the difference between the truth & the whole truth
8.    Cultivate your support/contacts/friends
9.    Understand others’ motives
10. Assume everyone else is playing by different rules

Rule 6- Blend in

1.    Know the corporate culture
2.    Speak the language
3.    Dress up or down accordingly
4.    Be adaptable in your dealings with different people
5.    Know where to hang out, and when
6.    Understand the social protocols
7.    Know the rules about authority
8.    Know the rules about the office hierarchy
9.    Never disapprove of others
10.  Understand the herd mentality

Rule 7- Act one step ahead

1.    Dress one step ahead
2.    Talk one step ahead
3.    Act one step ahead
4.    Think one step ahead
5.    Address corporate issues and problems
6.    Talk of “we” rather than “I”
7.    Walk the walk
8.    Spend more time with senior staff
9.    Get people to assume you have already made the step
10.  Prepare for the step after next

Rule 8- Cultivate diplomacy

1.    Ask questions in times of conflict
2.    Don’t take sides
3.    Known when to keep your opinions to yourself
4.    Be conciliatory
5.    Never lose your temper
6.    Never get personal
7.    Know how to handle other people’s anger
8.    Stand your ground
9.    Be objective about the situation
10.  Put things in perspective

Rule 9- Know the system and milk it

1.    Know all the unspoken rules of office life
2.    Know what to call everyone
3.    Know when to stay late & when to go early
4.    Know the theft or perk rule
5.    Identify the people who count
6.    Be on the right side of the people who count
7.    Be well up on new management techniques
8.    Know the undercurrents & hidden agendas
9.    Know the favorites & cultivate them
10. Know the mission statement and understand it

Rule 10- Handle the opposition

1.    Identify the opposition
2.    Study them closely
3.    Don’t back-stab
4.    Know the psychology of promotion
5.    Don’t give too much away
6.    Keep your ear to the ground
7.    Make the opposition seem irreplaceable
8.    Don’t damn the opposition with faint praise
9.    Capitalize on the career enhancing moments
10.  Cultivate the friendship & approval of your colleagues




It’s always good to be ready for more responsibilities! To work at tasks given you with aplomb, this is the best way to show that you are worth keeping. In these days of company lay-offs and massive unemployment, this is your chance to prove that you can be a reliable support for the company and the team you are working with.

Procrastination. It’s the enemy of accomplishment. Work has never been done when Mr. Proc is busy fabricating his reasons. Yet many embrace Mr. Proc, he’s an influence that is hard to resist. He always comes with a load of excuses that we can use: grand excuses, lame excuses, cute excuses, funny excuses.

They’re all the same.

Ponder: What is important now and what’s taking me long to do it?


– Tara


A hint to micromanagers: When you look at people too closely, you will surely find flaws.

I would like to identify zero-target managing, a serious case of micro-managing as sub-atomic managing. Ever heard of that word, sub-atomic? Well, here it is now, I’m telling you.

Once the staff is being treated poorly at work— that’s zeroing on at the false target. If results are low, it could be that the unfortunate personnel is not being negligent at work, but just frustrated at infinitesimal how-to-do details that are handed.

Hindered. A worker cannot carry out what one is supposed to achieve. This can be the upshot of managers overly-communicating with them. Things can get confusing on which task to do first, and precisely in the manner that was given.

When the nature of work inclines with the creative, micromanaging is a creativity-killer. Do not expect good results when people are given the impression that they are not trusted for what they can do.

Seasoned personnel can feel low in morale when a micromanager steps into the scenario, telling everyone what to do, step by step, line by line. They feel let-down with the fact that they get no good completion at tasks plus they often get reprimanded for not doing the manager’s minute method of doing things.

The issue of micromanaging is indication of the manager’s distrust on people.  Disregarding the staff’s efficiency and problem solving skills makes a slump in the organization’s total performance. Everyone suffers when micromanagers are actively pursuing their responsibilities.

On the contrary, status checking and reporting can be set on a regular basis so the flow of work can be tracked down. Follow-up and ask if person assigned needs support or experiencing some problems with the task. It would be better to delegate work while the manager supplies the tools. Focus on the results that workers can furnish at the end of the day. Everyone has unique ways of accomplishing work; it does not have to be mechanical.

Managers will develop efficient employees when they are allowed to absorb job knowledge and make decisions. People were hired, primarily to do their jobs. Now let them.


Assertiveness can be defined as a way of standing up for yourself while still considering the rights of other people. In contrast to the non-assertive people who exhibit either passive or aggressive behavior, assertive people know what is right for themselves and for others.

Passive individuals are those who allow others to breach their own rights and are afraid to voice out their feelings.

On the other hand, aggressive individuals take too much a liking to defend their rights and forget to consider the rights of others also. They make much insistence on what is the rightful treatment for them… that they harm other people in the process.

What is assertiveness? It can be shown in the following statements:

I have the right to:

1. Think & act for myself.
2. Provide no explanation for my actions.
3. Refuse to find answers for the problems of other people.
4. Change my decisions.
5. Make my mistakes.
6. Say no without guilt.
7. Admit that I don’t understand some things or ideas.
8. Acknowledge that I don’t care for some things or ideas.

Take control.

– Tara

We meet all kinds of character that enrich our life. No matter how bad an encounter may be, there is always a reason to learn from that experience. We are spectators to the actions and preferences of other people and it would suffice to say, that is their own choice. We are not here to make demands on others to function in the ways that we like them to. Our reality is important but so does the other person’s.

How do you make people feel? Do they see and feel you as somebody to be scared of, or someone who makes them like themselves more. Are you that person who has the knack to help others feel the best in themselves?

If you like yourself, you will receive the same response from others, too. Beautiful things only thrive well in pleasant surroundings. If you want to create good relationships, start it with positive things.

What is the value of judging others poorly? There is no value, nor virtue in that. If you find all faults in people, surely, you will receive the same from them. Belittle people and you will get negative reactions. It will not make you to like yourself more. Throw mud at others and you get plenty of mud on your hands too. It creates a crack in your personality, the more you engage in flinging dirty, cheap and hurtful things to people, the more  miserable life gets.

If you have been a victim of some people’s resentment, remember, it is alright to grieve a little. However, that is not about you. It’s about them. He that is cruel troubleth his own flesh. And look further, you will know the sadness and suffering that person has. See the sad history of those who like to put you down, including the choices they made. Surely you will not find yourself rushing to get back at that person, if you realize that he/she is a hurting individual.

Learn to let people give to you, favors or compliments, or sometimes, simply, a smile. Smile back. Sincerely. Help people experience how good it is to have you in their life. Let them realize, that their world becomes better and their burdens lighter when they are with you.


Chronic effects to health are brought by constant exposure to low levels of toxin, and if it is a prolonged exposure, serious health problems can be expected. In addition to that, poisoning from low level exposure to chemicals have been the reported cause of tumors after years of  exposure.

However, chronic poisoning was reported to give fewer negative effects on the health. One of these is lung cancer, noted as one occupational disease that affects people,  due to inhalation of toxic fumes. This disease usually appears very late in the person’s life and in some cases, can manifest symptoms of acute disease. Long term effects are less visible, and this makes it hard to get immediate treatments. It usually takes time for a disease to show up, which are results from slight chemical exposure on a long term. However, this does not mean, that no sign means no presence of it. Yet there is no precise evaluation  on these cases since very few data are available for us to validate the theory. Most occupational diseases are hard to detect at onset.

A good management initiative from businesses must become the first step towards avoidance of occupational poisoning. Consequently,  the absence of company health and safety regulations, organizations should  follow whatever international standards are set for an industry.

Businesses in the third world cannot really provide sufficiently safe environments for their workers. With this reality,  workers are not really given the chance to choose or complain of their work environment. Thus, health hazards are often braved by these people in order to eke out a living.


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. “

– R.W. Emerson