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Be Carried to the Top [Fulfillment@Work]

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March 8th, 2011
   ISSN: 1533-3906

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Did you know that optimistic people are healthier and live longer? Yes, there are well-documented benefits to maintaining a positive attitude.

That's true in the workplace, as well. According to a recent survey, optimists are more successful at job hunting and getting promoted. Those who tend to believe that good things happen to them more often than bad things:

  • Spend less effort in their job-search process
  • Are offered jobs more quickly
  • Are choosier about their jobs
  • Are more likely to be promoted

The researchers can't exactly put their finger on why this is true. They speculate it might be because optimistic people are good at coping with problems and are more flexible when they encounter difficulties.

So if you're looking for a job or want to get promoted, it definitely helps to have a positive attitude.

Speaking of getting ahead, I encourage you to read my article "Be carried to the top!"


All the best, Joel


 

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Be Carried to the Top

"People with extraordinary careers do not claw their way to the top, they are carried there." That's what James Citrin and Richard Smith conclude in their book The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.

Support from others is a valuable commodity in any situation, but it's a necessity when you navigate the corporate landscape. Without it, you risk being stuck in your current position indefinitely, overlooked for promotion and passed by others who are well connected and better supported.

How can you find others to help "carry" you?

Cultivate and take advantage of these five key resources:

1. Supporters:

Supporters show an interest in you and your career and invest the time to explain what it takes to advance within the company and get the job you want. They help you reach the next level by providing resources, insights and knowledge. They also serve as role models for top-notch executive behavior and presence. Supporters can provide feedback, criteria and expectations to help guide you along a clear path toward success.

2. Confidants:

A confidant is someone with whom you are comfortable disclosing information about your experiences at work. Because these discussions often involve fears, frustrations and your innermost doubts and concerns, a confidant must be completely trustworthy. This kind of trust takes time to develop, but it starts with taking risks and being willing to share. Confidants are there to listen, to provide honest feedback and to support you as you face major challenges.

3. Mentors:

Like a supporter, a mentor provides specific information and guidance to help you improve your performance and productivity. You will, however, have a closer relationship with a mentor. This individual will take a personal interest in your career and play a more active role in helping you meet your goals for advancement and professional success. To ensure your mentor is unbiased, it's helpful if he or she comes from a different department.

4. Advocates:

The difference between mentors and advocates is a matter of degree. Both can provide feedback, information and encouragement. However, a mentor will not necessarily get directly involved in promoting your career. Advocates, on the other hand, will actively champion your cause to their peers (and even supervisors) in the company. Advocates encourage your growth and challenge you to reach higher levels. They know your key accomplishments and are acutely aware of your potential for future success. Armed with this information, advocates campaign on your behalf, create visibility with senior management and directly assist you in advancing up the organization.

5. Executive Coaches:

In addition to supporters, mentors and advocates, another effective source of support is the executive coach. Executive coaches are to business professionals what master musicians are to aspiring performers: they guide the thriving careers of their clients to help them reach the peak of their abilities. Executive coaches have the expertise, techniques and tools to assist you in achieving what you most want in half the time. They provide honest and objective third party feedback and help you develop the skills and mindset you need to move beyond limitations, resistance and self-doubt.

They can help carry you to the top.

The obvious goal in seeking supporters, mentors, and advocates is to secure help with professional development and future promotions. But the underlying objective is to form alliances with those peers and superiors who want the best for you. In the process, they will encourage your growth and challenge you to reach higher levels within the company.

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 QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others."

~George Shinn



"My chief want in life is someone who shall make me do what I can."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are."

~Ara Parseghian



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