"Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. " ~Elmer G. Letterman
"The best job goes to the person who can get the job done without coming up with excuses or passing the buck" ~Napolean Hill
What About Politics?
Political Astuteness is something that you may not learn in school; however, it plays a significant role in success in business.
"Man is by nature a political animal. " ~Aristotle
Take Control It's important to keep in mind that you are responsible for your own career. Don't Expect the Human Resources Department to plan your career. In fact, don't expect anyone else to be concerned about it either.
There have been times in my career when someone has taken an interest in my promotion; however, it has always been in their own best interests to do so. Remember, companies are in business primarily to make money.
Dress for success There is a clear distinction between how a President, a Senior Vice-President, a Vice-President, and District Manager dress. You should dress just a cut above your current level.
Above Everything, Have Integrity
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters. " ~Alan Simpson
You will find that the concentration of integrity increases the higher you go in an organization.
Remember Who You Work For
Always Support the Company It's true that where your treasure is, your heart will be also. There will be ample opportunities on a daily basis to bash your employer. Resist those opportunities. Keep in mind that (1) you chose this company, (2) they pay you, and (3) you can leave if you want. The leaders of the company will not be impressed by your ability to complain.
Make Your Boss and Your Boss's Boss Look Good As a practical matter, you are most likely working to take your boss's job. Hopefully, your boss will be promoted, which will leave a vacancy. If your boss is not going anywhere, then the next level will have a major impact on your next position.
Who are the Leaders of the Company? Find out the background of the company executives. What career path did they take? Chances are, they will value those credentials above others. Take note of great people in the company and get connected to them. If possible, find a way to work for them. If not, establish a network with as many of them as possible. The best possibility is to ask one of them be your mentor. You will be surprised how many people will be interested in helping in this regard.
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