|This Key Principle for Success is to track and learn your boss's unwritten rules. There are certain norms of behavior that your boss expects. He or she will not tell you until you violate them. Sometimes they won't tell you even then, which is related to the Curse of Knowledge.
Whenever you learn a new rule, write it down. The way you learn these is to listen. Is your boss saying the same things to you? When they ask questions are they the same ones? I'll bet they are. So if you track and prepare for them your boss will think you're a genius.
You can make assumptions on what these are but usually, they're more subtle.
Each boss is different and you need to figure out what their rules are. Most bosses won't tell you their specific rules but some will.
Each email, text, in-person conversation, tone of voice, and even their body language can key you into these Unwritten Rules.
Some general rules:
Some rules can be deduced like:
Some ways to get them:
Here are unwritten rules from a boss I had. These are useful to follow under most situations:
Now I've been talking about bosses but this can also apply to a co-worker, friend, spouse, parent, child, or anyone you have a relationship with.
Now your boss may also have written rules. You must also follow these or especially the ones that affect him or her or are a core principle of theirs.
A core principle is something they feel in their gut and truly believe in. They may have been screwed in the past for not following a rule so now they never want the situation to happen again. Be extra careful when violating these or your job could be in jeopardy.