Knowing how to plan and direct your way through your workplace culture is essential to your success. “Doing your job” is not about performing tasks alone. You have to navigate personalities, emotions, workplace values, hidden agendas and rules, as well as assure your own path to career success.
When you widen your focus, you can see all the elements at play in your workplace. Tunnel vision or putting on blinders will not benefit you. You need to navigate obstacles, changes, threats and surprises, at the same time that you get your work done. Successful navigation is aided by developing your emotional intelligence, keeping your eyes and mind open, observing workplace culture and the actions of others, building your skill base and finding the root causes of any problems or setbacks you encounter.
See yourself at the helm of your career ship and set your course in the direction that best serves you!
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In order to reach your goals, you need to be ready. A good question to ask yourself is “Am I up to it?” This is not a negative question, but rather a positive one, that will help you prepare to achieve your goals. If your answer to this question is “yes”, then get started. If your answer is “no”, then identify what you need to do.
There is no reason to waste time as you pursue your goals. You want to be in top form. When you are up to it, success is yours.
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Self-confidence is a major factor in your career success. Maintaining your self-confidence asks for your attention and care. This is not a low maintenance endeavor.
How is your self-confidence at this moment? High? Low? In-between? What factors are affecting your present level of self-confidence? Is any maintenance needed?
There are many ways to maintain and boost your self- confidence. Here are a few: make note of and acknowledge your accomplishments, let compliments you receive sink in, know what qualities you want to have and develop them, stretch yourself to grow new skills and abilities and believe in yourself, even when others are cutting you down.
Self-confidence is yours to have when you take the time to cultivate and maintain it.
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As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.
Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.
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There are all kinds of people networks in the world of work – within your organization, clients, customers, associates, professionals and allies. It is your choice to develop the kind of network that works for you.
How is your network these days? Do you cultivate it? Does it serve your needs? A robust network can propel your success and performance, when you use it well.
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You are unique with a combination of gifts and talents that no one else has. Is there anything you can do in your career that would be a “first”? No one else comes from a place exactly like yours, so it stands to reason there is a “first” within you.
Pondering this, lets you acknowledge your uniqueness, spark your creativity and make a difference in the world. Go ahead be first in something!
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A well-known quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca says “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” One way to establish the aim (and wind) to carry you forward is to identify what you hope to gain from your work in 2019. Are you looking for a promotion, satisfaction, monetary compensation, building skills, growth, being of service to others?
Ask yourself “What payoff am I going for this year?” In doing so, you will firmly set your aim and your plans will carry forward.
There’s a lot involved in being authentic. It is about being true to yourself, being transparent and speaking your truth. Is authenticity valued at your workplace? Do others want to hear from you? A lot can interfere with authenticity in the workplace. You may want to maintain an “image” that you believe can lead you to success. You may value emotional intelligence as an essential factor in teamwork and collaboration and allow it to influence your authenticity in certain situations. You may discern that speaking your truth does not serve you. Where do you draw the line between your authenticity and the nature of your workplace?
Whether you can be authentic at work is a question that you have to answer. It is worth paying attention to so that you do not lose yourself as you work.
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Time is a key factor in your career success. Take a minute today to look at how time has factored into your life and work since the start of 2018. How are you doing with time? If you are doing well, good for you! Keep up what you are doing. If time is getting the better of you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
• How realistic are my expectations of the things I can get done in terms of the time I have to do them?
• Are stress or distractions getting in the way of using my time well? Am I maintaining the focus that I need to in my work?
• Is being tired or lack of exercise affecting my ability to get things done?
How you are handling time should always be on your radar. For more about your relationship with time, see my blog posts: Your Relationship With Time and Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time
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There is a Maya Angelou quote that, for me, contains a lot of wisdom. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Emotional intelligence is key to your career success. Sure, you can stumble forward without it. However, understanding the people and environment you work in propels your way to success. What does her quote mean? It means no rose-colored glasses, no rationalizations, no benefit of the doubt and no fooling yourself when you size up the actions of people who surround you.
If someone has shown you that they are not to be trusted, what can you do? It is enough to see them as they are and stay mindful when dealing with them. You do not have to act on what you know. Key here is your awareness and letting what you know about a person be part of your actions and decisions regarding them.
Knowing the players in your workplace helps you function better and watch out for your own interests. Do not be fooled.
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