Welcome to 2015! A brand new year to be all we can be! As we pursue our yearlong quest for optimal personal productivity, many of us make New Year’s resolutions.
Instead of making resolutions I set goals. Because the goals you set today are the actions you keep for the year. Tomorrow in this spot I will discuss the importance of goal setting to get things done in this New Year.
Regardless of your stance on resolutions, we can all make career moves. Career moves are simple adjustments to way we conduct ourselves in our professional and personal lives. So, on this first day of a sparkling New Year; here are 6 moves guaranteed to turbocharge your career in 2015.
Move #1: Be Flexible
The odds are that the way you’ll do work on January 1st of 2015 will not be the way you’ll be doing work on December 31st of 2015. In a recent Gallop poll more than 50% of employees responded by saying they have experienced “significant change” in the way they worked in the past 12 months.
From reorganizations to new workflows, and layoffs; change is a big part of the workplace. Make sure you are flexible. Your boss will see that you are someone who can get the job done. No matter what’s happening around you.
Move #2: Stay Current
Keep up with trends in your industry by either reading trade, business and general publications or checking out online sources. Then, take what you have learned and apply it to solve problems in your workplace. It will make you a more valued employee.
Move # 3: Strengthen Your Network
In today’s workplace sandbox everyone has to play well with others. Fitting within the network of the workplace is a part of the new definition of a great employee. The idea that you can be an individual contributor and be successful is an idea of the past. Why? Look at the numbers, research from the Corporate Executive Board indicates that 40% of all employees work with more than 20 people on a given day; and more than 80% work with at least 10 people. It is arithmetic! People who can build strong networks on the job and outside of the job have a big leg up in getting things done. Next week in this space I will review ways to power up your networking.
Move # 4: Seek Leadership Opportunities
No matter how small, large, trivial or daunting the task may seem; pursue a strategy to actively seek opportunities for leadership. For example: chairing employee teams, or leading projects. “Be selective about taking on leadership assignments; but, aggressively seek them,” says General Colin Powell. “There’s a difference between begging for these opportunities and raising your hand,” he warns, “but if someone says there’s a job to be done, raise your hand first and then ask for help. Powell ended by saying, “The biggest mistake a person who would like to get ahead or stay employed can make is passing up the opportunity to lead.”
Move # 5: Make Friends with the IT Guy
Technology is the lifeblood of a productive workplace. According to the Corporate Executive Board the average number of work-related emails we receive each day has increased fourfold since 2005; underscoring the explosive importance of technology in the office. This makes the IT Guy and the IT department, not just another employee or department; but a vital part of the workforce.
However, don’t stop with making nice with just the IT Guy. Making friends with admins is an important move as well. In the 2015 workplace power, authority and decision making is cropping up in some unexpected places.
Administrative assistants are at the center of it all. Underestimating their authority—or missing the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with the IT Guy or the admins is something no employee can afford to do.
Move #6: Become A Thought Leader
A thought leader is an individual that is recognized in and out of the company as an authority in selected areas of specialization, making that person a go-to source.
Strategy consultant Dorie Clark, wrote in the Harvard Business Review 6 steps on How to became a Thought Leader; 3 of those steps include creating a robust online presence, networking, and public speaking.
I urge you to read this post to discover the secrets of sharing the knowledge you already have with the world as a thought leader. In the post you will learn that good employees are nice to have; but thought leaders are irreplaceable — and indispensable.
The Bottom Line: You are the Turbocharger
You are much more than an employee. You are flexible. You are a networker; a leader and a thought leader — you are a turbocharger!!!! A turbocharger knows that the arc of your career is in your hands. In other words you are in control.
Happy New Year!!!! Go out and make 2015 your best year ever!!!
©Copyright 2015 Marben Bland
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