Here's a quick strategy for moving your career forward: decide specifically what you'd like to see happen. Sound simplistic? It is. But I am continually amazed at the number of people who drift through their careers without a direction or compass, and then wonder why they're not getting where they want to go.
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The ability to identify the forces at play in an organization and the key relationships that make things happen does not always come naturally. Sure, there are those who are natural "political animals," who seem to be 3 steps ahead of everyone else and always are "in" with the power players and up-and-comers. But for most people, organizational awareness is something that seems to be a bit nebulous and hard to grasp.
It is said that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step (Lao Tzu). To boost your career in a short period of time, start with a single action, one that will give you the most "bang for your buck" so to speak. Especially when starting a new role, these are called "quick wins" or "early wins." But quick wins can be pulled out of your career toolkit and used effectively at any stage.
Managing expectations proactively will increase your chances of success, a great performance review, and the resulting ripple effects in your career progression. The key aspects are effective planning and communication. Don't leave your performance and your future to chance or in the hands of others. Take charge and manage your career and advancement with intention with these four areas of focus.
When we have confidence in ourselves at work, we tend to be more decisive, assertive, and take more initiative. We feel good about ourselves, our contributions, and our decisions, and may act a little more boldly. Others tend to also view us differently when we are self-assured, and will often support or be persuaded more easily by someone who exudes conviction in their views. Try these 5 tips to boost your confidence at work.
There are a few inherent problems with how most people look at work-life balance that create issues, conflicts, and ultimately failure to gain or maintain balance over time. The fact of the matter is that work/life balance cannot be molded into a prescribed formula. A successful work-life balance plan is all about personalization and flexibility. Use these tips to determine what you need in yours.
In the business world, career management is a hot topic, but how many people really think about what it means, who’s responsible for it, and how to go about it in an effective manner? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to “manage” something means to handle or direct something with a degree of skill, to treat something with care, or to work upon or try to alter something for a purpose. Therefore, to effectively manage your career, you must skillfully direct your career with a purpose and with care.
When you want to get a promotion or move to the next level in your organization, it is critical to position yourself as a strong candidate for the role. Just being good at your current job isn’t enough. Consider what your boss or the hiring manager looks for when deciding who to promote, and translate those needs into specific actions you can take to increase your chances of success.
A career map is like a roadmap of your professional life – it allows you to visualize where you are, where you want to go, and possible routes to get there. A good career map will provide you flexibility, tools to assess opportunities as they surface, and ideas for planning your career management and personal development. Without such a map, your career will be built by default rather than by design.
Whether at work or in our personal lives, it is inevitable that we will deal with some conflict, at some point. Whether it is an irritable customer, a boss or colleague with whom you do not see eye to eye, a tension-filled meeting, or a disagreement with a family member, we all need skills to navigate these waters successfully. Here are 10 tips to manage conflict more successfully.