There was no master plan, nor great family contacts. I was one of those late bloomers. I was also lucky… at the right place, right time, and right people who wanted to help me. They saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself at the time.
As I worked up the corporate ladder to Vice President and then created a consulting company, I’ve compressed below what I learned along the way and what other successful business people have told me were the keys to their success. Hope they’re helpful to you:
- Hard-skills are the technical, professional or physical things that you know or do.
- Soft-skills are the interrelationship skills that you accomplish with or through others
- Hard-skills get you the initial job, but you need to be excellent at whatever you do. Set your goal to be a master performer in your field. Contribute something others can’t.
- Acquire a core competency (a must have) then transfer those competencies to others
- Soft-skills get you to the higher levels of the organization. Learn and practice them.
- Somewhere in the middle you need both hard and soft skills, equally strong and positive
- Help others achieve success to reach their goals (could be as a supervisor or group leader), then they in turn will help you move up your success ladder
- The higher you go the better communicator you need to be. An influencer can get key points across in a convincing way within a short attention span of the listeners
- The mini-pitch is critical: Describe the issues to be solved, the action taken (with the alternatives considered) plus the desired outcome, all within about 30 seconds.
- Create a visual, but not necessarily on paper or a slide: A visual is a verbal picture that the listener can visualize, which is tailored to effectively resonate within them
- Show enthusiasm or passion. If you believe in your subject, others might believe in you
- Be excellent, but not necessarily perfect. Perfection shuts down discussion. Always leave a way for others to engage and contribute.
- Use the inclusive “we” rather than the exclusive “I”. Be seen as a leader within a team.
- If you can’t grow and/or contribute within your current organization, find somewhere else where you can grow and contribute. If not, your career momentum shuts down.
- As a Manager, develop a reputation for integrity, honesty and quality performance
- As a Department Head or Director, be active to find creative solutions to problems in your area of responsibility. Find answers that others haven’t thought of.
- As a V.P., help the organization achieve its objectives in a leading way. Be a resource with and for others to advance the organization.
- Judgment – when it’s all said and done, this is what an organization is seeking from you. Create a philosophy that asks “What’s in the best interests of the organization/ customer/ stakeholder/employees?”. That will get you the furthest and fastest up the organization.
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