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5 Steps to Career Success [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work

   February 2, 2007
   ISSN: 1533-3906


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Do you enjoy your work? According to a 2005 Conference Board study, only half of Americans are satisfied with their jobs and one-fourth admit to simply 점showing up to collect a paycheck.졈

There are many factors contributing to this dissatisfaction. But here진s one that caught my eye: only 30 percent of workers claimed to be satisfied with their companies진 educational and job training programs. To me, that진s compelling evidence you must be proactive in seeking out learning opportunities to enhance your career. I encourage my clients to take advantage of the training programs their companies offer. More may be available than you know. If you are stymied, capitalize on other sources or providers. The Internet has literally transformed the training landscape. You can choose from thousands of low-cost, effective learning opportunities.

It진s been said that your house or 401K is the biggest investment you진ll make in your lifetime. That진s not true. Your career, by far, offers the potential for greater rewards 촀 monetarily, as well as in personal fulfillment. Improving your skills through training is one of the best ways to enhance that investment.

Have a satisfying week,



5 Steps to Career Success

1. Think strategically:

It진s essential that you assess your organization진s resources, goals and plans for the future and align your leadership strategies accordingly. A leader with true executive presence can assess his or her company진s business model and growth strategy, as well as the capabilities of its people and processes, and use this information to out-think the competition.

2. Communicate from a financial framework:
The higher you advance, the more bottom-line, financial responsibilities you진ll assume. It진s imperative you know how to communicate accomplishments in terms of specific, measurable results. This will clearly demonstrate your value and enhance your credibility. Effective financial communication will help you gain more resources, receive the appropriate financial backing, acquire the desired head-count and secure the necessary buy-in so your projects can be successful.

3. Reflect well on others:
Be sure your work reflects well on those around you. Each decision you make, how you represent yourself at meetings, and your overall productivity should make a positive impression. Your actions should say you are a leader who takes initiative, has self-confidence and can handle the responsibility required to do top-notch work.

4. Look for opportunities where others aren진t looking:
Let others pick the low hanging fruit. To notice and identify unique or unknown opportunities, think differently from your peers. Liberate yourself from the confines of your current way of thinking and be creative and unconventional. Approach each situation with a completely different perspective. Business leaders seek opportunities where others aren진t looking.

5. Develop your presentation and speaking skills:
Many business people fear public speaking, but it is vital for success and career advancement. If you want to be influential and have your ideas heard and understood, you must know how to publicly present them. There are many benefits of becoming an effective speaker, including the ability to lift others진 morale, gain large-group consensus, increase your visibility and accomplish more with the assistance of others.


점One quality of leaders and high achievers in every area is a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.졈 - Brian Tracy

점What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.졈 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

점The best teacher is your last mistake.졈 - Ralph Nader


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