ACHIEVE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER
You need to plan and work hard to achieve a successful career. Success is not doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things extraordinary well.
There are four keys to success – tenacity of purpose, what you know, who you know and the necessary resources. Success is a journey not a destination.
Five of the best tips to advance your career
* Get to know the corporate culture and your clients needs
Do your homework – read the annual reports.
Know the standards expected and the ambitions (the mission statement) of the organisation. Some of the old hands can mentor and guide you in the corporate culture.
Dress well and set an example so the organisation can be proud of you.
Spend time with your clients and get to know their wants, needs and expectations.
* Find mentors to counsel and to advise you on your career moves
What career steps should you take? What jobs should you apply for?
Get honest feedback and act on it. Don’t resent helpful criticism. If you listen to flattery but not to criticism, you will go astray.
* Maintain high standards and a good work output
People who can get things done quickly and efficiently are the ones who get promoted.
Be honest and helpful in all your work. Treat people the way you would like them to treat you.
Strive to do every task better next time. Continually objectively evaluate all your tasks. “How can I do things better next time?”
* Build good relationships and alliances
Who you know is often more important than what you know. Join groups and organisations and make an effort to strengthen your social and business networks. Join clubs and influential groups that can help you on your way.
Get yourself some experienced mentors to act as guides towards a successful career.
* Continually learn new skills
Keep upgrading your qualifications and make the most of all relevant new training opportunities. Commit yourself to a life of on-going personal development.
Take on new responsibilities when they become available. A secret of success is being useful and having a can do attitude.
To advance your business career exceed your bosses’ expectations, protect their reputations, and give them some of the credit for your team’s successes.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Source: “Revitalise YOUR Business”, first published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand; McGraw-Hill, Australia; the Singapore Institute of Management; Ane Books India; Se-Education, Thailand and as ” Business Secrets. Guidelines for New Leader-managers”, Cengage Learning, Asia. Also available as e-books from Amazon.com and from the VitalSource Bookshelf.