Plotting your path to success #2
A Successful Career – QC Legal’s Overview
By Aruba Abid
Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance; the other wants us to pull back. The one we cultivate and decide upon determines who we become. Luckily, with the right kind of training, every individual could be a success. Though, it’s not in your best interest to wait and expect others to assist you on the road there. Achievement and career advancement is the peak of gaining self will power, setting sold resolutions, and making a commitment to conquer your weakness and bad habits.
If success is truly something of interest, QC Legal have laid out 6 easy theories to implement in order to have a more lucrative, productive and fulfilling career.
1. Exude Passion: Genuinely care about the well-being of the organization. Treat your organization as if it were your own company. Be passionate about doing good work for your employer. Give your best work and then give some more – go the extra mile. Do a good job all the time regardless of whether you get recognition or not. Your job is your domain, you should bring as much passion, energy and excitement to your job as you possibly can. As an employee, one of your aspirations is to have a job that you thoroughly enjoy and at the same you feel challenged, needed and get a sense of personal satisfaction from doing the job well.
Other ways include set high standards of excellence for yourself, take initiative, be resourceful, exhibit confident body language, be determined, genuinely care about colleagues, help others to learn what you know, think excitement and reduce distractions to broaden your focus.
2. Go above and beyond: Take control of your career by expanding your knowledge. Set aside time to read something new every day. Look for free online training courses for your professional development. Learn as much as you can about the big picture regarding the company. Be continuously hungry and curious about learning new things even in totally unrelated areas then develop the skill of connecting the dots on things that might seem unrelated at first glance but somehow there could be a bigger connection or hidden connection.
Under promise and over deliver, think of solutions instead of problems, anticipate requests and questions from your boss and prepare for them, support your boss, give regular status updates and schedule regular check-in meetings.
3. Do Regular Self-analysis or Self-evaluation: Organisations typically do at a minimum an annual performance review of individual staff, some organisations even do two semi-annual reviews and some do quarterly reviews. Likewise it is important to do self-evaluation at regular intervals to measure your progress and identify gaps in your plans. Be honest with yourself and at regular intervals ask yourself deep probing questions about what you have done, what did you want to accomplish, did you get it done, if not why not, how are you improving as an individual, how are you improving your organisation.
At what stage are you at in your career path? What is the ultimate destination that you envision for yourself, career wise and how long will it take you to get there?
4. Learn From Your Mistakes: When we make mistakes, the knee jerk reaction is to run and hide, cover up, make excuses, lie or deny. However, on the flipside you can learn a lot from mistakes and failure in fact they can be the foundation for future success. Admitting mistakes is not always easy to do. It is the hallmark of maturity to admit a mistake. Directly inform your supervisor in a timely manner when you make a mistake.
Do not blame others, apologize, reflect on the mistake and ask yourself what did I learn from this, how can I do it better next time and keep moving forward.
5. Make Your Boss Look Good: As an employee, a key investment that you can do is to thoroughly study and learn your boss. Get to know your boss’ working style, preferences, strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots. Identify ways that you can further support the strengths and on the other hand find ways to turn the weaknesses to strengths or at a minimum mitigate the weaknesses. For example if your boss is not very keen or savvy in filing, come up with a user friendly easy to use filing system for your boss to use.
If your boss is not good at preparing and circulating an agenda before meetings, sit down with your boss and identify the key things to discuss in a particular meeting then develop an agenda around this.
6. Nurture Relationships/Relationship Building: I have saved the best till last. Relationship Building is the most important skill for anyone who wants to succeed in their job. True success is the result of working with and through others. You can only achieve so much by working alone. Also nobody likes a lone ranger. You will always go much further and faster, when you learn how to work well with others. People help people. Make a genuine effort to build strong working relationships across the organisation, not only within your department but also outside your department. Go a step further and build relationships with your organization’s stakeholders such as customers, vendors, suppliers etc. know and understand the needs of each of the constituents and constantly think of how you can offer the best service to both internal and external stakeholders.
Investing in people is a key skill that will serve you well in your career. Wishing you the warmest best wishes in your career.
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