We have produced twelve (12) winning career actions to aid your performance, development and career success.
It is important that you take these actions despite your current career status - great, good, unsure, stagnant, or yet to start one.
Decisions precede actions, and positive actions precede performance and success.
We trust that the following twelve winning actions prove helpful in your performance and career success.
1. Consistent Optimism
Minimise the negative spectrum of doom and bad news from people, media, government, leaders, etc. Be sure you are a means of great and encouraging news. Maintain consistent optimism, by re-assuring yourself and people around you that things will get better. In fact, think of situations improving, read books, listen to CDs, and watch DVDs on motivational materials to increase your optimism.
2. Identify Opportunities
Be on lookout for opportunities to advance your career. Find out about opportunities as people talk. Ask, inquire about opportunities that can benefit or improve your career, and those of people around you. Use SWOT analysis to help you refine career opportunities.
3. Commit to Learning and Development
Decide to enhance your insight, knowledge, skills and behaviour competencies. Enhance these competencies by twenty per cent. The Pareto Principle states that 20% of effort achieves 80% results. Put as much time, effort and resources in updating or developing new insights, skills, knowledge and behaviour competencies.
4. Evaluate Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge and skills do become out-dated particularly in this Information Age. Professionals of all specialisms need to remain at the cutting edge of current information and research data. Hence, evaluate your knowledge and skills; benchmark them against top ten performers in your specialism and profession.
5. Maintain Permanent Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is a “feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it.” Decide to maintain permanent enthusiasm in your profession, career development, networks, people, etc. Charles Schwab remarked about his career milestone when he became the first Chief Executive in the US to be paid $1 million dollar in 1921 that “I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people [as] the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
6. Practical Career Plan
Create a practical career plan with clear and stretching milestones. In fact make a list of twelve specific achievements you desire in in the year. Identify a mentor or coach that can support you in implementing your career plan. Make sure you compensate your mentor or coach as remunerating him or her challenges any predisposition to be laid-back about your career plan.
7. Strong Motivation
Motivation is the next step of enthusiasm. It is the doing part of enthusiasm. Do specific activities every day that fosters your career aspirations and plan. Think, read, participate, network, attend development events, etc to stay motivated. Challenge yourself to read uninterrupted for one hour. Minimise your need to be praised before you can participate or take action. Identify personal reward strategies to advance your motivation.
8. Customer Service Change Agent
Be a beacon of uncommon customer service, a change agent of customer service excellence. Decide you’ll give 100% of your best at any given moment of customer interaction – in person, by email, and on the phone. Smile meaningfully, and take every interest in the customer. Exceed each customer’s expectations.
9. Personal Excellence
Choose to become a person of excellence in conduct, speech, action, dressing, manner, etc. Go the extra mile in your learning, development, performance, and commitments. George Washington Carver is quoted as saying, “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”
10. Take Measured Risks
You need to make quantum leap success in your career and at work or business. You will need to take risks, measured calculated risks. The probability of throwing ‘six’ in a dice game is one over six. So take risks, beyond the risks you took last year. According to former British Prime Minister, William Gladstone, “No man [or woman] ever become great or good except through many and great mistakes.” So take those actions you’ve postponed for some time. Be bold and take those actions now.
11. Be Creative
The word ‘creative’ means, “producing or using unusual and original ideas”. Stretch your thinking and abilities to break barriers. You are capable of producing unusual, imaginative ideas, solutions, suggestions that make a lasting difference. Create quiet moments to reflect, think through and analyse problems and identify solutions.
12. Improve Communication Skills
To succeed in your career, actively listen more than you speak. Minimise your thoughts and thought process, and focus completely on the speaker. Reduce your desire to speak and say what’s on your mind. So, “Listen a hundred times. Ponder a thousand times. Speak once.”
In conclusion, we have provided you with twelve principles of career success in your progress to be a ‘class act’. According to Dan Sullivan, “In every society, there are ‘human benchmarks’ – certain individuals whose behaviour becomes a model for everyone else – shining examples that others admire and emulate. We call these individuals ‘class acts’.”
" 'No' is a word on your path to 'Yes'. Don't give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get 'a real job'. Your dreams are your real job." - Joyce Spizer
"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own." - Henry Ford
"The measure of a man [or woman] is not so much where he [or she] stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he [or she] stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr Martin Luther King Jr
"It's easy to be negative and unmotivated, but it takes some work to be positive and motivated. While there's no off button for those relentless 'tapes,' there are things you can do to turn down the volume and shift your focus from the negative to the positive." - Donna Cardillo
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain