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Part II: Excel, Execute, Enjoy! > Summary of Part II: Excel, Execute, Enjoy!

Summary of Part II: Excel, Execute, Enjoy!

  • Value yourself if you intend to be valuable to an organization and industry. Begin by defining the personal core values that you live by and want to see reflected in your workplace. The more your values match the company’s, the higher your chances for a smooth and fulfilling career.

  • Flourish and thrive in tough times or through change by embracing your values and consistently delivering excellent work. Take the high road by propelling action, shunning negative language, speculation and gossip.

  • Use the tough times as a learning proposition. See which leaders you admire most, who your friends are and gain a new understanding of why difficult business decisions have to be made sometimes.

  • Understand why a goal is a goal and how it affects the company and your unit so that you might deliver breakthrough work. Dispatch complete work, on time, every time. Ask for clarity rather than deliver work that is off the mark. Don’t go down alone with a business problem because surprises will backfire on you. Spend time each day to review your work; be a thinker as well as a doer. Learn what is working well and where you can improve.

  • Keep an eye on the cost side of your business plan. Reduce excessive spending, make your area as efficient as possible, ask your customers for a road map to success, cut redundancy to free up your time, admit mistakes openly, make suggestions for a better workplace, use your expense account wisely and celebrate success.

  • Take charge of the perceptions about you in the workplace. Deliver solid work; monitor your conduct and language; act, work, and think in concert with the company values that you admire. Forge a trust with your management based on consistency, integrity and sound judgement. Choose to be a haven to your manager in difficult times; don’t be an alarmist.

  • Try very hard to empathize with your stressed manager or colleague. You might see that you are more crucial than you imagined to this person and place. If you expect certain (negative) behaviors from people who are famous for delivering them, then don’t be surprised when they come through. Be the calm in a storm and don’t take it personally.

  • Be prepared in meetings so that your work is never in question. Avoid faking an answer and opt to admit when you don’t know something.

  • Always ask for feedback if you need information on your performance or about promotions lost. Learn, ask, absorb and do. Make your goals known to your manager and to human resources so that you are on the radar screen when opportunities arise.

  • If you see something that you believe to be a wrong in the workplace, take action. You will learn much about the integrity of your company and its leaders and you will inform yourself about your own values. Staying silent could hurt your company, your objectives and yourself.

  • Identify the companies that you want to work for by creating a competency list that matches your own values. Be aware of companies that offer stretch, training, succession planning and have solid reputations for leadership as well as growth.

  • Realize that your questions are a clue to your thinking; use them as a competitive advantage. Take every opportunity to glean information that will help you to decide if you want to work at this organization and for the person you are meeting with. Leave compensation to a final meeting in the process. If the salary falls short, decide how important the difference is versus your opportunity for growth, learning and keeping you on your personal (whole life) goal path.

  • Your manager is your most important contact and can help to make your career great or your life miserable. Pick with great care and learn what you can about style, background, motivation, and if he or she is champion potential for you. Identify the areas that you are in concert with and those in which you differ to create strategies to gain a thriving relationship in spite of any differences.

  • Your annual review is important and will speak to people who don’t know you personally. Take the time to be proactive for the meeting through preparation and anticipation. Do create the exhibits outlined in Chapter 19 as this will help you in your day-to-day fulfillment as well as readiness for the actual meeting.

  • Understand what motivates you so that you will be aware of why you want your next post. Be honest with yourself regarding ego and how a move will impact your whole life, presently and for the future. Don’t take a job that you don’t want simply because you were “chosen.” What is in it for you?

  • Don’t be in so much of a hurry that you move up before you master your current role. Sometimes it is very nice to relax in a place and enjoy the fruits of your labor in a position that you have conquered.

  • The way that you handle yourself on a daily basis speaks volumes compared with an hour’s worth of interview when the job you want is open.



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