Last Friday we posted a blog about what to do to advance your career. We have a few more tips for you on this topic and hope that it inspires you to look at your career objectively and challenge yourself to make this year count! If you are feeling unsure about the next steps or worried you are not equipped for the promotions/roles you are interested in, contact us! We may have an online course that will suit you perfectly.
“People used to have a career master plan: get a degree, get a job, get a gold watch when you retire… To survive today, you have to learn to manage your career and your life in a changing workplace.”
W. N. Yoemans, Seven Survival Skills for an Organised World, Dutton Signet, 1996.
Here’s an idea
According to management consultant Brian Tracy, everyone works eight hours a day for survival. The time spent beyond eight hours, he adds, allows one to become excellent in one’s field.
By simply spending one extra hour a day developing a special area of expertise, it is possible to rise to the top three per cent in one’s field within three years, he says.
So, career advancement could well depend on disciplining yourself to set aside that extra hour each day.
Smile & ponder
In his day Gary Player won more international golf tournaments than anyone else and later went on winning on the Seniors circuit. One day someone commented to him: ‘I’d give anything if I could hit the ball just like you.’
Player’s response was: ‘No you wouldn’t. You’d give anything to hit a golf ball like me if it was easy. You know what you’ve got to do to hit a golf ball like me? You’ve got to get up at five o’clock in the morning every day, go out on the course, and hit one thousand golf balls. Your hand starts bleeding, you walk up to the clubhouse, wash the blood off your hand, slap a bandage on it, and go out and hit another one thousand golf balls. That’s what it takes to hit a golf ball like me.’
And there are many successful people at the top of their profession who would endorse the words of Gary Player.
Here’s an idea
Look for new “ah ha” ideas all the time. Keep an ‘Ideas File’ – a ring binder or notebook in which you record all new ideas. At least once a week, in a standing appointment with yourself, review your ideas.
Stamped for promotion
At last report Bob Peterson was the chief engineer for a major tool manufacturer in the United States. Ten years ago, however, he was just another worker on the factory floor.
How did he get ahead?
There is no one answer to that question, of course, because Bob was always ambitious, worked hard, put in extra time, and took evening courses to help him increase his value to the company.
But one of the things he did regularly was to bombard management with ideas via the company’s suggestion box. So often did he work into the early morning hours dreaming up his ideas and getting them down on paper that his wife jokingly suggested: ‘Why don’t you get a rubber stamp?’
And he did! For a few dollars, he had a rubber stamp made in boxed bold type that read: “Another idea from Robert Peterson!”
From that moment on, every single one of his suggestions bore than familiar legend. It wasn’t long before he stood out from the crowd and was earmarked for advancement.
The point of the story is that, to get promoted these days, among other things, you need to stand out from your colleagues – just as Bob Peterson did.
What are you doing to stand out from the crowd in your workplace?