My Strategies for Career Advancement:
- Be an Expert - Create opportunities to be recognized by your employer’s leadership team. Become an expert in your field. Experts get recognized for their contributions by their communities, industries and employers. Be the person that has read more books, studied more industry reports, attended more training classes and networked with more experts. Become THE expert.
- Know your trends - Know your industry's trends. Know where your company fits in the industry, and where they rank against competition and why. Know how the trends will impact your customers and prospects. Talk about trends and their impact.
- Build a Network – As your network of contacts grows, so will your insights into more industries and businesses, trends, sales and career opportunities. Don’t be lazy and make excuses to not be on LinkedIn and other business oriented social media platforms. It’s important to your career.
- Keep in touch - The crazy jock sitting in the cubicle next to you today, will run a company you want to work for in 25 years. It is amazing how many kids I started my career working with who are now in senior executive roles. Those friendships open many doors, so don't forget to invest in your friendships.