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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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including Gangstyle.com of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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