Must haves for Career Success

Discover the essential skills & techniques that help you excel in your career – whatever your profession.

Learn leadership, personal effectiveness, goal setting, & stress management, also discover techniques that improve creativity, assist problem solving, organize time & deadlines, & improve your memory.

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1. Time Management
Time Management has been a steady step behind successful people. Makes us highly effective by identifying & focusing the activities that give great returns. Investing in these time management activities will actually save your time, helping you work smarter, not harder.

• The golden time-table rule!! Manage your time. Get it all done.
• Realistic goals. Set SMART goals:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
• Watch your time. Know where you waste most of your time. Take control of your activity span.
• Planning is vital. Make planning a weekly event – So why do it just yearly or quarterly?

2. Leadership Skills
The Leadership helps you understand the strength of your motivation to lead. The key words are- patience, persistence & hard work, you can be a truly effective leader, just as long as you make the effort needed.

• Information is source for Inspiration. So update yourself.
• Pick the right person for the job.
• Always remember ‘different strokes for different folks’!
• Resolve conflict rationally & effectively.
• Delegate with purpose & define ‘how, when & why’.

3. Communication Skills
Effective & influencing communicative skills are always an asset.

• Ensure your words are always understood. Be clear not loud!
• Be definite. Try to avoid confusion by keeping your conversation simple.
• Hear what people are really saying & not what you want to hear.
• Encourage win-win negotiations.

4. Problem Solving & Decision Making Skills
Problem solving & good decision-making are essential skills for career success generally, & effective leadership particularly.

• Analyzing your SWOT(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) along with the factors that affect it.
• Weighing the pros & cons of a situation before bringing in the change.
• Choosing by valuing different options, the pressures for & against change.
• Harmonize the final decision to avoid conflict.

5. Information Skills & Sharp Memory
Good information skills clubbed with sharp memorizing ability are essential for successful professionals.

• Test your retention of written information.
• Substantially increase your reading speed. Be smart to remember the essentials.
• Keeping knowledge ‘fresh’. Don’t ignore anything around you.
• Learn in a way that suits you. It’s the best way to remember.

6. Stress Management
Realize what troubles you! You should be able to analyze the points of pressure in your life, so that you can plan to neutralize them.

• Identifying the short-term stress in your life. Give a valid reason along with solution you know it!
• Manage work overload & job targets with stability.
• Plan in advance to avoid last minute anxiety & performance issues.
• Channeling your temperament will help increase self-control. Put time for yourself – Introspect daily for some minutes. All work & no play is a recipe for stress.
• Relax well. Sound sleep, healthy diet, morning walks & yoga are definitely supportive.

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While baseball & work may seem totally unrelated, there are actually many aspects of the sport that you can apply on the job. Think about it, whether being a player at work or on the field, both require a great deal of hard work & ample dedication; both rely on teams that work well together; & both have solid & talented “All-Stars.”

Here are the few other ways to strive for best in your career:

  • Step up to the plate: If you really want to wow them in your office, you have to be proactive. The best employees are eager to take on tough assignments, welcome new challenges & are not afraid of hard work. Show your All-Star qualities by volunteering to work on a new project or be ready to help out when it’s crunch time. Doing so will demonstrate your dedication & commitment to the whole team. You’re passionate and always looking for opportunities. You’re an opportunity-seeker. Everything is an opportunity, including failures. Work isn’t a way of collecting a paycheck and going home. You’re dreaming of something more than that, where you can live and breathe work. Not because you want to work more, you want to work smarter. You want to experience something more than just going to the office from 8-5, instead you want your work to mean something.
  • You always think to yourself, “I can do that better.” You might know nothing about the retail business, but every time you walk into a big box store you’ve dozens of ideas on how to make it a better experience. Combined with your eye for opportunity, you know better way of doing things, and you believe strongly in your own abilities, though not proven yet. Still, that belief is important – because it’ll help you take risks, move forward and succeed.
  • Put yourself through spring training: Everyone needs to sharpen their skills once in a while, especially if you want to be more marketable. Learn a new skill, take a class or become educated about a part of the company you are not already familiar with. The more you can equip yourself with knowledge & skills that are valuable to your company, the more valuable an employee you will be. You’re prepared to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll figure it out.” You don’t hesitate from admitting that you don’t know something. Too many people duck their head when they don’t know the answer. Your response is to jump into it, learn what you can, move quickly and get some damn answers. Learn something new, spark new ideas, refine old ones, may help learn new things.
  • You’re a strategist. You’re dreaming a plan ahead while working upon what you’re doing right now. You’re a big-thinker but you don’t lack the ability to focus on details. Accomplishing the little tasks is moving the ball forward for you…towards the big dream.
  • Don’t be afraid to dive for the ball: In every sport, athletes must take risks to succeed. The workplace is no different. You can play it safe throughout your career, but doing so will not land you on an All-Star roster. Is there a potential customer you have been afraid to approach? Go ahead & make the call. Are you afraid to talk in meetings? Have confidence in your knowledge & ideas & speak up. Even if you fail from time to time, your colleagues will remember you as someone who tried.
  • Don’t get discouraged by a strikeout: Some of the country’s greatest baseball players have batting averages of around .300. This means that out of 10 times at bat, they get a hit 3 times. In baseball, you have to learn to take your outs & keep striving for the next base hit. The workplace is the same. You will not always be right, turn in perfect work, give the best answer or make the biggest sale. But real workplace winners learn from mistakes & use challenges to make themselves better.
  • Knock it out of the park: Sometimes, to be the All-Star, you have to hit big. You need to know what it takes to score the big win & do whatever you can to pull it off. You want to rattle some chains and want to bear the torch. Go above & beyond to wow your client at the big presentation. Put in the extra effort to make your customers happy. You like to create things and don’t care about recognition, praise from your boss, awards and money as much as you care about building something remarkable, and having others enjoy it and benefit from it. Just make sure that, whatever your task at work is, you give it 110 percent, just like a real All-Star.

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Your Most Important Skill: Empathy

Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice.

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  1. Thnks dude, was just looking here and there and came to your blog. Found this article helpful to me in motivating towards my work. Wud like to come back again. Liked the look. Thanks.-Jessica


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