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Gorick Ng is a first-gen college student turned Harvard grad turned management consultant turned author of THE UNSPOKEN RULES.

You’ve landed a job. Now what?

No one tells you how to navigate your first day in a new role. No one tells you how to take ownership, manage expectations, or handle workplace politics. No one tells you how to get promoted.


The answers to these professional unknowns lie in the unspoken rules—the certain ways of doing things that managers expect but don’t explain and that top performers do but don’t realize.


The problem is, these rules aren’t taught in school. Instead, they get passed down over dinner or from mentor to mentee, making for an unlevel playing field, with the insiders getting ahead and the outsiders stumbling along through trial and error.


Until now.


In this practical guide, Gorick Ng, a first-generation college student and Harvard career adviser, demystifies the unspoken rules of work. Ng distills the wisdom he has gathered from over five hundred interviews with professionals across industries and job types about the biggest mistakes people make at work. Loaded with frameworks, checklists, and talking points, the book provides concrete strategies you can apply immediately to your own situation and will help you navigate inevitable questions, such as:


• 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?


The Unspoken Rules is the only book you need to perform your best, stand out from your peers, and set yourself up for a fulfilling career.

Releases April 27, 2021


Download the first 25 pages of The Unspoken Rules

On a mission to discover and decode the unspoken rules of work so individuals can go further, faster in their careers.

About Gorick Ng

Gorick Ng is an entrepreneur and author of the forthcoming book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Succeeding in Your First Job (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2021).

Gorick is a Research Associate in the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School, where he focuses on talent management and workforce development. He is also a career coach and advisor at Harvard College, focusing on first generation, low-income students.

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