|Posted on April 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments ()|
You may be wondering why all the promotions are passing you by.
There are a number of things you can do to set yourself up to progress in your career.
1) Consistently exceed expectations.
Doing your job well is normal behaviour, that is what you are paid for, but walking the extra mile is extraordinary. It's what makes your customers happy and wanting more. It makes you feel that you are useful, that you have a purpose and it creates your reputation for being an overachiever who is always striving to do the best for her clients, team, co-workers, boss and ultimately the company.
2) Don't wait to get noticed.
Be your own ambassador, make sure everyone knows what you projects you are working on and what you have achieved. If you can manage to do this gracefully, without boasting, you will build a solid brand. Careful not to overstep it and get a reputation for being a show-off.
3) Get a mentor.
Experienced colleagues can give you invaluable tips about how to navigate through your organisation's cultural paradigm. They will tell you what is accepted and what is not, they will guide you through the politics and help you select your best career development strategy. They might also share their network with you. By definition Mentors act out of selflessness and because they believe in you and your talents. Always be honest and grateful for their support.
4) Develop yourself.
Don't ever think that you have nothing to learn. Improve on yourself constantly, take courses, read specialized work-related articles and books, widen your general knowledge (nobody is interested in a super-specialist who doesn't know who Dante was, or who thinks that Africans speak African).
5) Stay authentic
Your only Unique Value Proposition is YOU. So don't try to be anyone else. People will see right through a fake. You do, don't you? Stay authentic, there is nothing more wonderful and precious than being yourself. Your authenticity is your charisma.
6) Say thank you
To anyone that helps you on the way. We never do it alone. Being grateful and giving credit is your way of giving back and consolidating a reputation of being the kind of person people want to have around them.
7) Have a plan, but more importantly, have a purpose
Having a career plan is great, but you must discover what your life purpose is. Why do you want to progress ? If it's just for the money or the title, your happiness will be short-lived. Understand what you want to contribute and who this will benefit. When you have a deeper sense of purpose, you will find that your career unfolds before, with very little effort on your part and lots of joy in the process.
|Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM||comments ()|
Check your competencies on a regular basis. Most of the time you are so busy working, doing this, finish projects, meeting deadlines......
Before you know it, a year has gone by and you've spent so much time fire-fighting that you haven't had a moment to look at your own professional development.
Stop and make an inventory of the competencies you are lacking and that would really help you to do your work better, or even progress in your career.
It may be as simple as mastering the new software packages that have been introduced in your company and which you are using at a bare minimum of their functionality, or it could a bigger challenge, such as learning a new language that will help you advance to a more interesting job.
Once you've made a list of the new competencies you need to acquire and the ones you need to improve on.
Once you've completed the list of your learning needs, make your own learning plan. Determine your learning objectives, when you will do it, what resources you need, and finally establish an action plan to get you going.
Employers sometimes have good training programmes, but if you sit back and wait on them to provide you with the learning opportunities you need, you may be waiting for a long time. Training budgets are constantly being reduced and besides, the course you are dreaming of may not be available in the company training programme.
After all, improving yourself for your career progression is your responsibility, and no one can work it better than you!
Make sure you get support from a close friend or family member to encourage and reward you in your learning efforts!
|Posted on September 25, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments ()|
"Go Ahead: Ask your employees if they are happy", by Allison Rimm, is an excellent HBR blog post, containing some priceless tips for managers on how to treat their people well and at the same time increase performance.
Surprisingly, it seems that common kindness and consideration for each other don't necessarily come naturally in the workplace. The basic behaviours of a normally socialized person have to be "taught" by consultants and coaches.
Leaders and managers are constantly being reminded that fulfilled employees perform better, and are also better contributors to their family and community.
With so many cases of bad people management resulting in stress, burn-out, and all sorts of disorders, one must wonder.......what part of simply "being decent" is so hard to get?
Not everyone is endowed with high Emotional Intelligence, enabling them to manage their own feelings and to motivate others through empathy, recognition and positive reinforcement.
The good news is that Emotional Intelligence can be learned !
Any manager aspiring to developing leadership skills, increased effectiveness, a higher degree of influence and charisma, better relational and networking capabilites, improved reputation, and a greater self-fulfillment at work, ought to seriously look into enhancing their EQ.