The Strategist

How much courage do you need to climb your career ladder?

08/05/2016 - 14:31

We all know people with a helicopter career. They are entrusted with the most interesting tasks, their limits of authority are wide, and they are first to be promoted. It’s not a surprise. Luck occurs when opportunity meet readiness. Most often, a person with an enviable career is very actively working to move in the right direction. One of the main components of such a movement is a manifestation of courage. So, how do you get up the career ladder?
Instead of waiting for opportunities to move up the career ladder, try to find it yourself. Start looking for chances within the company. If there’s nothing inviting, expand the search area beyond. If wait idly for that job prospects will come looking for you, then you do not have the courage.

Ask your boss for new responsibilities and functions. Once you received a new task or responsibilities, learn, improve and expand your skills and, develop talents. If you're not looking for opportunities to learn and develop, you do not have the courage.

Do not shelter yourself behind your superior. Make sure to let everyone know what you are a devoted and enthusiastic employee, you are the pacesetter. Be discreet, but don’t get flushed. If you stay in the shade, you do not have the courage.

If you feel stagnant in your career, get down to the business. It is unlikely that someone will notice (or become worried) that dynamics of your career does not match your intentions. If you are not at the helm, you do not have the courage.

If you feel that you are ready and deserve a promotion, do not hesitate to ask your boss for a raise, or find another job that will exceed your current position a notch or two. Do not wait that others will know about your willingness to raise. Show them that you are ready for something more, work and demonstrate your abilities. If you haven’t done that for a long time, you do not have the courage.

You must have a plan for career growth and advancement stages. If you dispose them, make sure that you dedicate the time to implement it. If you do not go aggressively toward your goal, then you do not have the courage.

If you do not like your job or if you want something different, change the situation. Define your preferences and stick to them. If you do not aim for a constructive change, you do not have the courage.

A healthy, bold career means that you are doing a job that you really like and you want to do. You also know full surely where exactly you want to work, and you have a plan for how to get there. You do not shun away from an opportunity to enrich the knowledge, skills and experience, and are not afraid to take on more responsibility, including financial - on the contrary, you are purposefully looking for a chance. You receive promotion or salary increase because you ask for it. When you find a problem, then you attract attention to it or solve it. And if you have problems? You become part of the solution, not the problem.

based on Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty by Scott Steinberg

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