Getting out of the pile part B. As mentioned in Part A. In every organization and company there are many people trying to work their way up, but may not know what to do and how to do it. How do you separate yourself from the pile (the pack). In my previous blog, I wrote about four ways that helped me get out of the pile, and on a career progression track that has exceeded my expectations beyond my belief.
Continued Core principles of getting out of the pile.
Personal/Self Development: If I were to number these principles, and I may one day. I would put personal/self-development number two, right behind results. If you are reading this blog, it is very evident that this is where my passion lies. Regardless of my passion for self-development, I have seen so many case studies in the business world. I have witnessed person after person, that is basically where they were 1,2,5,10, 20 years ago, in their career, because their education and their self-development stopped those amount of years ago. For things to get better, you must get better, that is a fact. One of my mentors and friends used to say all of the time. There are people who have 20 years of experience and there are people who have 1 year or experience 20 times. Who do you want on your team. As a leader now, I know the answer to that.
Candor/Diplomacy: This is hard one. I honestly feel that telling how it is, is what actually got me on the path. Being candid with people and processes, and providing solutions to problems and telling leadership what they don’t expect to hear is so beneficial. Through out the years though I have learned to “tell it how it is” with a little more diplomacy thinking about the receivers opinion in the feedback I am providing. The bottom line is things only happen with and through people, and having their best interest in mind when pushing your agenda and getting results is crucial for your ability to influence and get out of the pile. If you are able to push things forward and influence from where you are, your growth potential is huge.
Set the pace: To put it a different way, work harder than everyone else. Be the first person to show up, set in the front of the room, contribute to everything, as mentioned earlier, show results. No manager wants to constantly have to push people, and when you are an employee that is constantly in front of them (your manager and colleagues), you are setting the pace and they will recognize it. I have noticed that in most organizations, it is really easy to set the pace. Working longer hours, volunteering for everything, being a contributor, being early, staying late, being around when no one else is around. Most people don’t want to do these things, so if you just do them, it will set you apart and it will help you get out of the pile.
Ideas/Solutions: Be the one who has something to say. Be the one, that is more educated on a related topic on the business or industry that everybody listens, because you have the credibility to contribute. No manager likes the people who never have any opinions, however don’t always have an opinion on the obvious, be unique, bring something different to the table. If you bring the same ideas and solutions, tell them how you will do it different this time. Be a solutions finder and a problem solver. As Zig Ziglar says, some people find fault like there is a prize for it, don’t be that person, if you do, bring solutions.
More to come on getting out of the pile.
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