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Nine Sure Fire Ways to
Boost Your Career
- Differentiate yourself
using a Personal Value Proposition.
A PVP a description of how your unique mixture of five key
elements creates and/or adds value for an organization and
the people in it.
A personal examination of these elements reminds you of
all the strong, positive things you bring to the table and
it points out the gaps you need to close before you can
position yourself more effectively. Examine each element
separately, combine all the data and created a succinct
summary of what you have to offer.
The five elements are:
- The knowledge you have about
the events and trends in areas critical to or of most
interest to your company and clients;
- The kinds of internal and
external networks that you can tap into to meet corporate/client
- Your ability to generate
and implement superior solutions to organizational issues
- The academic, technical,
or interpersonal tools you can bring to bear in key
situations and; finally,
- The personal attributes
and strengths you have that sets you apart from others
in the organization.
- Describe yourself in
terms of the outcomes you create, not the activities you
Fashion a one-line proclamation, a marketing slogan if you
like, that reflects the outcomes you create for your company
and its customers.
- Make it your personal
mission to always make others, including your boss, look
Someone once said, "you can have anything you want;
all you have to do is give others what they want."
While there is the odd exception to be sure, most people
are fair and honest - willing to share credit where it's
Making others look good sweeps you up in their success and
almost guarantees that they will help you enjoy successes
of your own.
- Be a can-do person.
Take to heart the words of the old song, "the difficult
I can do right now; the impossible will take a little while."
Instead of saying "I've never done that," say,
"I'll learn how to do it." Don't be afraid of
steep learning curves. Remember the organization hired you
because you were smart. Look for the opportunity in difficulties
rather than the difficulties in the opportunities.
- Develop success from
Don't be afraid to fail or make mistakes. But if you do
either take responsibility - don't project or rationalize.
Admitting a mistake or failure and moving forward is proactive
not reactive. Above all, identify and remember the learning
opportunities in the situation. Forget about everything
else and move on.
- Ask for help.
IQ expands exponentially. Together, two people bring four
times the intelligence. Super-hero individualism is often
- Remember the Pareto
principle, or the 80/20 rule as it's more commonly known.
Eighty percent of your effectiveness comes from twenty percent
of your activities. Manage your priorities and don't waste
time spinning your wheels by engaging in unimportant activity.
- Get yourself in front
of an audience.
Learn to make effective presentations and make as many as
you can. Good presentations are the mark of a true professional.
You, your ideas and skills receive broader corporate exposure
that, in my experience, can result in challenging new assignments,
larger budgets, greater general recognition and even raises
- Develop and use internal
and external networks, both formal and informal.
People who network well often receive and move information
faster, cut through organizational politics more quickly
and, create solutions better suited to the needs of their
Research in different types
of organizations shows that those who develop and use
networks usually get to serve on more successful teams,
receive early promotions more often, get higher compensation,
and get better performance reviews.
Dr. Tom Olson is the author of
Don't Die With Your Helmet On.
for more information about Dr. Tom, the book and his work.
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