“With powerful tips and colorful vignettes of people from all walks of life, The Unspoken Rules is a blueprint for anyone starting their career, entering a new role, or wanting to get unstuck.”
“Incredibly smart, nuanced, and evidence-based career advice. If you’re just getting started in your professional journey, you absolutely must read this book.”
Why I wrote The Unspoken Rules
The Three C’s: A simple but powerful framework for succeeding in your career
Practical strategies from interviews with over 500 professionals from all walks of life across industries, and job types
50+ diagrams, checklists, and exercises to apply your learning today
Concrete strategies for navigating questions like:
- How do I manage my time in the face of conflicting priorities?
- How do I build relationships when I’m working remotely?
- How do I ask for help without looking incompetent or lazy?
Endorsed by Titans of Industry
“Incredibly smart, nuanced, and evidence-based career advice. If you’re just getting started in your professional journey, you must absolutely read this book.”
“The Unspoken Rules will equip professionals and students alike with skills that are often overlooked in traditional education. Readers will find this to be a very helpful book in the years ahead.”
“With practical tips and colorful vignettes of people from all walks of life, The Unspoken Rules is a blueprint for anyone starting their career, entering a new role, or wanting to get unstuck.”
“The Unspoken Rules in an invaluable resource for new recruits — regardless of background — as they seek to excel. Gorick has written the book I wish someone had given me when I started my career.”
“Gorick has written an outstanding guide on what school doesn’t teach about how to be a top performer at work. Backed by detailed research and filled with relatable stories and practical tactics, The Unspoken Rules will benefit so many people as they begin their careers.”
"We like to think that if our intent is good and we work hard, success will come knocking on our door. If only! In this practical and insightful book, Gorick Ng helps us plot a clear, intentional path toward success."
"Gorick has written a highly readable and essential guide for every early career professional eager to succeed."
"We all have a role to play in shaping an economy that works for the many, not the few. With this important book, Gorick Ng is advancing this work, arming disadvantaged people with critical but unseen skills needed to navigate the modern workplace."
Found useful by professionals at all levels of experience
"This is a professional holy grail of a book that you neeeeed in your life. I've been recommending it to everyone I know. It has the best tips, not only for young professionals but anyone beginning a new career. I love the stream of thought and literal conversation scripts he includes that help you find a professional way to ask certain questions or get the most meaningful information and feedback from supervisors to advance in your career. I look forward to reading more from this author!"
“I'm a former leader in the energy business and the founder of a non profit for first generation college students. Gorick masterfully presents the behaviors that are critical differentiators between top performers and the rest of the pack in corporate America. He created a comprehensive guide to early success in the workplace. His real life examples from diverse, first generation graduates are powerful, enlightening, and easily understood. Unspoken Rules is a must read for any young person starting their career, especially those from an underrepresented background!"
"As a manager now, I want all of my early-career (first 5-10 years) to employees to read this, especially since my current company doesn’t have the type of intensive new hire training programs that many top-tier private sector firms do. It is also a helpful tool to me for coaching my team members in certain areas - from how to write an email to how to approach conflict resolution.”
"This book would benefit those new to the workplace the most but being someone who has been a working doctor for over 4 years, even I found useful pointers for myself in it.I recently had a baby and as a parent, you want nothing but the best for your kids; a lot like how you want the trainees you've taken under your wing to succeed and even excel beyond you have. The lessons in this book are definitely getting passed down to all those I'm mentoring. This is a great way to prepare and set new trainees up for future success."
"I am so jealous of early-career people now because they have this book to give them some unspoken rules in the workplace to put in action. If I knew most of these rules when I was younger, I most likely would have had better career advancement. I found that this book is not just for those graduating from college for the first time, but those introverted workers who have struggled to be noticed for their hard work (even interns). I think this would be a great graduation present as well as bought by a mid-career person who needs to better navigate the unspoken rules in a new job or are thinking of leaving their current job."
"As someone who has had a wide variety of early career experiences and as someone who writes, reflects, and reads often on the topic of professional development, I had thought I knew much of what there is to know on the topic, but Gorick’s book proved me wrong in the best way. I found new insight in practically every paragraph and frankly wanted to bookmark every page!After reading the book, I am approaching my professional life both in and outside of work in an entirely new and better way. I now have tremendous guidance on how to best navigate both challenges and opportunities with the highest level of tact and EQ."