The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier

The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier

by Cy Wakeman


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The key to understanding how your manager calculates your real value—and how to boost it

More than anything else, you need to understand exactly how your employer evaluates you, and your annual performance review doesn't tell the whole story. In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman shows how to calculate how your true value to your organization by understanding your current and future potential against your "emotional expense"—the toll your actions and attitudes take on the people around you. With Cy's clear, straight-to-the-point advice, you can confront and reduce your emotional costliness, become an invaluable member of your team, and even learn to love your job again.

  • Reveals a formula for measuring your current performance, future potential, and the biggest detractor, your emotional expense
  • Shares real-world advice for quickly boosting your value and becoming a highly-valued, sought after employee and teammate
  • Builds on the lessons in Reality-Based Leadership, Cy Wakeman's first book for leaders and managers

The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace is the essential guide for boosting your value, owning your career, and becoming the kind of employee no organization can afford to lose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118413685
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 216,035
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CY WAKEMAN is a dynamic speaker, business consultant, author, and trainer. Her first book, Reality-Based Leadership, is a straightforward and practical guide for leaders who want to reduce office drama and improve personal accountability with their teams. She holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers' Association and received the 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: The New Rules of the Game 1


1 Your Current Performance 17

2 Your Future Potential 37

3 Your Emotional Expensiveness 61


4 Rule #1: Your Level of Accountability Determines Your Level of Happiness, so DON'T HOPE TO BE LUCKY. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY. 77

5 Rule #2: Suffering Is Optional, so DITCH THE DRAMA! 97

6 Rule #3: Buy-In Is Not Optional. YOUR ACTION, NOT OPINION, ADDS VALUE. 123

7 Rule #4: Say "Yes" to What's Next. CHANGE IS OPPORTUNITY. 137

8 Rule #5: You Will Always Have Extenuating Circumstances. SUCCEED ANYWAY. 149

Call to Action Put the New Rules to Work 165





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The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cy is amazing, her reality-based concepts are a MUST HAVE in every HR department.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Cy Wakeman! Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace offers a refreshing new way to look at our organizational roles and reminds us that we are in charge of our own happiness at work. Very empowering!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a really great book for any employee. it has a formula for seeing what your value is , which for me was spot on. this could really help you see where you need to improve and hopefully land a bigger role in your organization. if you are a manager, then this book could inspire you to do employee evaluations different.