Make Wise Career Moves
- Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Avoid bad moves. Don't derail your career by making mistakes like avoiding conflict (rather than using it to grow), allowing your emotions to run out of control, being naïve about the reality of office politics, and failing to accept responsibility for making and carrying out your own decisions.
Network with others. Develop a strategy for how to network with other people to help each other grow professionally. Communicate with colleagues and mentors regularly in person, by phone, and online. Ask thoughtful questions and listen more than you talk. Build a base of knowledge that helps you understand each other's goals, concerns, and needs. Encourage each other to be bold about taking the risks God calls you take to grow professionally.
Improvise. Respond creatively and spontaneously to problems that arise at work. Ask God to give you the courage to take the initiative to help solve problems. Pray for bold ideas for how to approach the problems, and act on those ideas.
Design a personal brand. Ask God to show you what is unique and special about you that you can offer to the world through your work. Then make the people you work with aware of those attributes by reinforcing them consistently through the way you do your job and by marketing the distinctive value of your work. Show others what you want them to think, feel, and believe about you by adding value to your organization regularly in unique ways through your work.
Exit if you need to go in order to grow. If God makes it clear to you that the best way to find greater job fulfillment is to leave your current job and move to a new one, make the transition gracefully. Make sure to understand the issues and problems involved so you can learn from them and won't repeat an unhealthy situation in your next job. Tell your boss before anyone else about your plans, and do so in person if possible. Think about how your absence will impact the people who rely on you, and help them prepare well for your departure. Right up until the moment you quit, continue to give your job your best efforts. Don't speak negatively about your organization or anyone in it on your way out; bite your tongue if you can't speak positively about a certain person or situation. Keep in touch with the people you've worked with after you've moved on to your new job.
Keep seeking fresh inspiration. Never allow yourself to sink into stagnation, either spiritually or professionally. Ask God to help you keep growing closer to Him and fulfilling more of His purposes for your life.
Adapted from Career Moves: How to Plan for Success, Create Value for Your Organization, and Make Yourself Indispensible No Matter Where You Work, copyright 2010 by Dondi Scumaci. Published by Excel Books, a division of Strang Publishing Group, Lake Mary, Florida, www.strangbookgroup.com.
Dondi Scumaci is an international speaker, author and expert in professional and personal development. Scumaci's signature 10 commandments, designed to mentor women, are a result of a seasoned business career spanning more than 20 years, including tenure as director for two top U.S. financial institutions. In 1995, she founded an advising firm, where she currently serves as president. There, she and her team consult with organizations to develop employees and leadership, as well as overall company culture, through public and private seminars, keynotes and management retreats. Scumaci is also the author of the books Designed for Success: The 10 Commandments for Women in the Workplace and Ready, Set … Grow!. To learn more, visit www.dondiscumaci.com.
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