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How to get ahead at your company

What do you do if you cannot seem to get ahead in your company? There are many avenues one can take. The following are a few approaches folks use:

  • Some people just plow ahead and incorrectly assume that stress and aggravation come with the territory. Although certainly some jobs are more stressful than others it is often how we process the challenges that dictates how well we deal with them and if we ever overcome them.
  • When someone cannot continue to simply keep pushing ahead they default to the next line of defense which is the good old it is everybody else. These folks convince themselves that their managers, co workers, suppliers, and customers are somehow out to get them and would love nothing more than to see them fail. This approach requires the victims to have an obscene focus on themselves. These players have a great deal of time invested in seeing themselves as the straw that stirs the drink. This is why it is so difficult to get them to see the light.
  • The third option is when the challenged just throw in the proverbial towel. Often these people just go through the motions and really do not apply themselves to achieving any real results. The larger the company the more of these you will find. They tend to do just enough to keep things rolling. They do not want to bring attention to themselves. Of course they still have the audacity to continue to pick up a paycheck that is based on work that they do not actually consistently perform.
  • If someone does not fit in one of the three areas we described above they may actually be ready to choose the best option of all. Anybody can be down when things are not going well. It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on how bad things are. We have all done it. The achievers leverage challenging times to distance themselves from the competition.
  • A positive attitude can be very attractive to management when they are looking at options regarding staffing. Know that difficult times are a part of doing business. The challenges will not define you but your response certainly will. Put the decision makers in the position to help you get ahead. Great managers are always in need of more people to set up to the plate. Be one of those people! It starts with you.

    I wish I invented the internet

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    I wish I had invented the internet. After all, it has completely changed our lives. I would love to get credit for this thing. I must admit that although it would be cool to get the credit for the internet I can still use it and benefit from its existence. I am fortunate that I can access all this information and utilize the experiences and ideas of so many people any time I need it. How did we ever get along without it?

    There are too many managers in the world that do not realize the unbelievable power of this concept. They are always trying to come up with a better way. Typically they are attempting to create a method that will recognize their brilliance. Now please do not misunderstand what I am saying. We need innovation in our world. It is essential that we grow and evolve. What I am saying is that if your challenge is how to manage your staff or what direction you should move for your company to grow and thrive why attempt to blaze a new path? The how to of effective management exists in the world. Go find it and put it into play.

    The effective manager knows that the real measure is how it all works out. Who cares who had the idea first? Have confidence in yourself and your team and focus on where you want to go. I do not care who invented GPS I just use it to get me where I need to go. I would suggest being thankful that you manage in a time where the resources to enhance your performance are literally beyond limits. You can get anything you need to improve yourself and your performance with the click of a mouse. It’s incredible.

    The recipe for growth for a manager is to continue to develop your skills. You can do this by reading. If you are not a reader you’re in luck. I believe every car now has a cd player. The list of fantastic self improvement and management audio books available is miles long. Use your car as a personal self improvement center. Keep material at the ready. This stuff has an interesting effect when you consume it regularly. It actually sinks in. I do not say that to be sarcastic. You will find that a scenario will present itself while you are on the job and suddenly you will have a perspective you never experienced. The exposure to the finer points of self improvement and sound management will find some traction when you least expect it. When it happens boy do you get excited. Once you buy in to the process it is a wonderful thing. You will kick yourself for not getting on board sooner. Make a decision today to begin your journey of self improvement and commit to being open to a new approach. It is what the smart managers do.