On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey


      Every few years, a solid, well-written business book emerges from the shadows to ‘stand out’ and become a ‘must have’ guide.  A work that will help not only the career seeker, but the job recruiter.  Such ‘two-in-one’ books are rare.  However, once you have one in your hands, it becomes a welcome addition to your ‘business arsenal’ for many years.

      “The Unspoken Rules”, by Gorick Ng is quickly becoming one of those ‘two-in-one’ resources that will find a home in a backpack or on a bookshelf as a go-to resource.  The full title is: “The Unspoken Rules: Secrets To Starting Your Career Off Right” (2021, 263 pages, Harvard Business Review Press).

      The American business marketplace is in another state of transition.  During the pandemic, it was becoming an employee-centered environment.  Now that we are coming out of the pandemic and are likely heading into a recession, layoffs could be on the horizon and the marketplace is shifting back into the traditional employer-centered workplace.  “The Unspoken Rules” is a work that could help those who are serious about advancing into their career path AND give employers a ‘leg up’ in spotting up-and-coming talent ahead of the curve—and in REAL time.

      Ng takes the business reader on a journey through the seas of learning through personal experience, determination, and wisdom from his own upbringing.  This propelled him to succeed at Harvard College and Harvard Business School.  Sharpening and transferring his experiences to the halls of Harvard as a Career Advisor, Ng has talked with dozens of students and employers on what works—and what does not—when it comes to planting those ‘first solid steps’ into the working world from internships and placements.

      “The Unspoken Rules” has fifteen chapters, including a backgrounder on how the author learned from the ground up.  Chapters include: “Be Proactive”, “Send the Right Signals” and “Master Meetings”.  Ng sets a nice table in the work, full of stories and summaries from the front lines of business and employment.  The type of information included in this work, coupled with the realization that both the workplace and the potential employees entering its doors have changed with the times.  One cannot ‘rise’ on the success ladder unless they realize some of the changes are not written…but unspoken.  “The Unspoken Rules” may be found through your favorite electronic bookseller, brick-and-mortar bookstore, or through Ng’s website: www.gorick.com.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant.  “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regularly syndicated column titles which Ramey has or has had in print or cyberspace form from Barnstorm Communications International since 1996.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at manhoodline@yahoo.com. ©2022 Barnstorm Communications International.


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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In America.com” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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