Creating the Career You Want – Tip #37

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #37

What do you want to be known for? What’s your current reputation and what is your desired reputation? Are they the same? You can actively work towards developing the reputation you want – the reputation that can lead you to the opportunities you need to move...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #36

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #36

What’s your first reaction when someone starts talking about politics – not politics as it relates to national governance, but the politics that happen within your organization? Do you shudder and think to yourself, “I hate politics” or “I don’t do politics?”...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #35

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #35

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although it officially comes just once a year, I think we should bring the spirit of Thanksgiving into our everyday experience. After all, what we’re really talking about is gratitude and giving thanks. Much has been...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #34

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #34

Have you ever decided to power through your day, feeling like you have so much to do that you can’t take any breaks? Have you ever expected your team to power through the day – and perhaps even the night – and frowned upon anyone stepping away from the...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #33

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #33

Do you know why you do what you do? Deep within you are powerful forces that drive and motivate your behaviors – these are your personal values. They are the invisible force behind the decisions you make and the actions you choose. If you can identify and...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #32

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #32

So you found a mentor – that’s great! Now the question is – do you have a sponsor? While a mentor can come from any level of the organization, a sponsor is someone with power who will use their political and social capital to help further your career....
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #31

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #31

Who do you turn to for advice and support? Who around you provides encouragement and counsel when you need it most? If no one comes to mind, consider whether it’s because you haven’t put the effort into developing these relationships or whether you’ve succumbed to a...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #30

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #30

Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. But what happens when you have put time and effort into building technical skills, developing a personal brand, and growing networks, and you still don’t see the opportunities you need to propel your career forward? You...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #29

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #29

Staying within your “comfort zone” may strike you as a safe choice. After all, why would you voluntarily move into a zone which by definition is uncomfortable and may even be risky and dangerous? The answer is that the area outside your comfort zone is your “Growth...
Creating the Career You Want – Tip #28

Creating the Career You Want – Tip #28

When was the last time you did a skills inventory and assessed your skills relative to what you do today, and what you want to do in the future? The skills required by the job you’re in today may shift over time as a result of technology or changes in your...