One of the best ways to show faith throughout your career is through your quality of work and attitude... and when you do good works, you will have a much greater chance of receiving a promotion and being regarded as a leader. So here are a few tips on how to take your faith to the next level at work!
By: Dawn Klingensmith - CTW Features
The nonstop worker who seldom leaves her desk is not the sort of person who gets promoted. But neither is the constant campaigner. Besides working hard and staying visible, what can young professionals do to position themselves for a promotion?
Dress and act the part. “Image and posturing can sound trivial. However, perception does become reality, and so appearing in a way that matches the desired role makes sense,” says executive coach Pamela Garber, New York City.
Lift up the entire team. “Companies want team players. Promotion is a team sport, although most people are too busy competing against colleagues to realize it,” says Sarah Hathorn, CEO, Illustra Consulting, Duluth, Ga. By praising and helping others, “you’ll be promoted faster and more frequently because every company wants that kind of team player who can develop raw talent with a selfless attitude.”
Don’t aim straight up. “Progressive organizations promote people who accept lateral and diagonal positions in the company, so zigzag your way to the top” Hathorn says, adding that zigzagging results in a fuller understanding of how the company functions as a whole.
Take on more responsibility before it is offered. “Voluntarily take some tasks off your boss’s plate,” Hathorn suggests.
Keep better company. “Use positive peer pressure by surrounding yourself with hard-working coworkers and friends who share your career goals,” says Joseph Grenny, co-author of “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success” (Business Plus, 2012). “Distance yourself from the office slackers.”
Seek new and better ways of conducting business, and apply them. “All business today revolves around innovation – not just products, but go-to-market strategies, customer service, supply-chain management, business model efficiencies, and on and on,” says Brian McGowan, managing partner, Aquinas Search Partners, Atlanta.
Beef up credentials and credibility. “If by serving on committees and taking on key roles in associations you become known as a thought leader or expert in your field, management is sure to take notice,” says Michelle Coussens, dean of the School of Business at Kendall College in Chicago. Besides visibility, this kind of involvement ensures joiners are up on the latest industry news and developments.
Throw your hat in the ring. “Don’t just assume because you do good work you’re automatically in the running for a promotion,” Coussens says. “Put the buzz in people’s ear, and when the time comes, make the ask.”
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