Editor's Note: Everyone finds
their career in a rut from time to time. For many, the term
"Career" is just another way of saying doing the same
thing, day after day.
If you want to give your career new
meaning, find some excitement and make your employer sit up and take
notice of the job you are doing, Dr. Tom Olson has some great career
advice to help you break out of the rut.
Nine Sure Fire Ways to Boost
Dr. Tom Olson
1. 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:
knowledge you have about the events and trends in areas critical
to or of most interest to your company and clients;
kinds of internal and external networks that you can tap into to
meet corporate/client needs;
ability to generate and implement superior solutions to
organizational issues and concerns;
academic, technical, or interpersonal tools you can bring to
bear in key situations and; finally,
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 engage in. 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 good. 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 due. 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 failures. 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 unimportant
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 and promotions.
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 companies. 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
About The Author
Tom Olson is the author of Don’t Die With Your helmet On. Visit www.Dontdiewithyourhelmeton.com
for more information about Dr. Tom, the book and his work