Tailoring Your Career to Maximize Your Elevation to the Executive Suite
Today, there are more opportunities than ever to drive your own career advancement. Companies are implementing programs to nurture and empower employees who are interested in career advancement. Individuals who make professional and leadership development their personal responsibility have the edge. They develop a plan, knowing that there are several paths to leadership positions.
A fundamental requirement to remain on the path to senior leadership is to drive your career advancement through lifelong learning followed by action. There is less value in learning what to do, and more value in taking courageous risk and putting what you have learned into action. Consider these 7 strategies for your career advancement plan.
The survival of any organization improves when everyone steps up and takes on the role of a leader. Those who wait for rules and remain paralyzed by a lack of guidance may have penalties to pay – constant frustration and anxiety, and eventually, obsolescence.
Opportunities for career success and advancement have expanded and the individual that make professional and leadership development their personal responsibility that has the edge. They develop a plan knowing that career paths to those executive positions are flexible and that timing, opportunity, knowledge and supportive relationships matter and extensive experiences are essential.
Is your schedule running you or do you control your schedule? A schedule that consistently overwhelms you makes you appear as though you don’t know your limits or that you do not know how to manage your time.
What do Olympic athletes, sports icons, Carnegie Hall performers and many successful business leaders have in common, and how can the answer help to advance your career?
You know the feeling you get when you get the big assignment or the big promotion, that you have fooled your boss into believing you are more qualified than you really are. You know that you are supposed to accept the challenge but wait for the moment that you will be exposed. You feel like a fraud being credited with rewards that you don’t deserve. We have all experienced the insecurity of potentially saying the wrong thing, making the wrong decision, or not having the answer to the tough problem.
Candid feedback and discussions have given way to political correctness by most to avoid offending and alienating others. Most remain quiet to be seen as a team player or to avoid criticizing the idea of someone held in high regard or someone who has presented an idea with great confidence. People don’t speak their minds because it’s easier not to.
Routine and predictability are preferred over change. Uncertainty is uncomfortable and raises anxiety, but signals new opportunities, new energy and better and more satisfying careers. Resistance to change may result in career stall or derailment.
Presence is the unique and distinctive impression that you carry with you and speaks volumes about your confidence, credibility and determines your ability to influence. Your presence stirs an emotional response in others. It is the energy you bring when you enter a room, and determines how people will respond, or not. We each have [...]
Career paths are unclear, job responsibilities are changing and project urgency changes weekly. These are perfect circumstances for savvy professionals who want to get in the driver’s seat of their career advancement.
Your career advancement relies on your understanding the power of relationships and being a resource of value. Both have been shown to be a factor for those who are promoted and given the top assignments. Of course skills and knowledge specific to the job are essential, but developing relationships and demonstrating value are what gets you noticed and promoted. Read these 5 tips.