Even though many companies show a career path chart that moves from the bottom to the top in a straight line, most of us never experience this direct upward projection. Many times you may take a side road along the way or you might backtrack a bit and see that you need to start again. The point is there are many ways you can make your career successful and most of the time they aren’t in a directly upward trajectory. Make sure you learn how to be successful and develop the relationships that matter.
4 Ways Entry-Level Employees Can Show Leadership
Business New Daily Article:
Entry-level employees who are looking to move up quickly need to have the drive and motivation to show excellence in their current roles to be considered for promotion. That means taking initiative to get things done that normally require a manager to oversee or explain the task or next step in the operation. Once you show that you are someone who cares and will take the initiative to get things done you can step forward and find ways to improve your position by volunteering for projects that aren’t part of your normal job. It’s also important that you learn about the leadership styles in your organization to know how to mold your own and blend into the current flow. When you want to be promoted quickly you have to stand out in the minds of those already in leadership, take charge and show that you know how to get things done even in your current entry-level position.
How to Start a Conversation You’re Dreading
Smart Brief Article:
When you’re in a position of leadership you sometimes have to give negative feedback, especially if someone has completely messed up a project. It’s important that you let them know right away what went wrong, but you have to go into the conversation ready to come out with something positive on the other end. These conversations aren’t easy but when you have them soon after the failure and discuss why something didn’t work and how to do it better the next time they can be constructive. You should have a clear duration and agenda for the conversation and be ready to listen. The person to whom you’re speaking might feel differently about the outcome of the project than you do and it can be valuable to help steer their vision, share a broader look or heard about their perspective on the results.
3 Mindsets that Make it Easier to Say “No” When You Need To
The Muse Article:
The activities you participate in, which might help others reach their goals but not align with yours, need to be things that really help move the needle on the goals you set for yourself. If you have clear goals and objectives, which you should, you can’t take every meeting, contribute to every website or take on every project. When you are first starting out you should say “yes” to many things and explore the possibilities, but once you’ve established your priorities if the answer to the request isn’t a “hell yes” where you get excited about the opportunity, you should decline the invitation. You might have the time to participate, but the mental energy you might use in the participation could set you back much more than help move you forward. Don’t feel bad about saying “no,” someone else will say “yes” and they will be excited about the opportunity you passed on.