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Some advice about career advancement

  1. 1. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 1 Cosmic Coaching Centre Corporate & Individual Career Solutions for Mid-Level Professionals & Executives
  2. 2. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 2 Respect is something you cannot expect to be given to you just because you are a leader. As they all say, you should earn it. The problem is, there isn’t any specific formula to method that you can use to gain respect while you are in a leadership role. This is one of the challenges that leaders have to face. They have to look for ways they could get the confidence of their subordinates, while at the same time still showing that they have the authority in the workplace. But no matter how challenging it may be, there are small things you can do to gain respect as a leader. 1. Remain optimistic and have a positive attitude. Negative leaders are very hard to respect. In fact, people would usually ridicule such leaders behind their backs. Being pessimistic and having a negative attitude doesn’t develop respect, but fear and hatred. 2. Reach out to your employees more. It isn’t enough that you tell everyone that they can approach you anytime. Try to find time to interact with your employees and encourage them to speak up more. Employees would really appreciate it if you show them you are willing to listen to them about anything. 3. Don’t hesitate to help a member of your staff. As a leader, of course you are busy. But as you walk along the hallway and you see one of your staff needing some help, make sure you do offer help. This gesture may not mean so much to you, but for your employee, this is something special and respectable about you. 4. Tell your employees what you want them to do and not how you want them to do it. As a leader, you should trust the right people in your office to do particular things. And when you delegate tasks, be sure that you give them the freedom to choose whatever strategy they want to accomplish the task. When workers feel trusted and valued, they can see how good a leader you are. 5. Respect differences. Especially in a diverse workplace, it is important for a leader to know how to make everyone feel comfortable. During a meeting, for instance, give everyone an equal chance to express their opinions and show that all their input is valuable. A good and respectable leader is one who can make it possible for totally different individuals to work as a team. 6. Don’t hesitate to show your funny side. You don’t have to be serious-looking all the time to show your staff that you are all about business and career advancement. Especially when the pressure in the workplace is mounting, you should be the one to start trying to make the mood lighter. Crack jokes from time to time so your members will see the human side of you, which is an important factor in gaining others’ respect.
  3. 3. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 3 One of the biggest challenges that every manager or supervisor has to face is how to keep their subordinates motivated at work. What makes this really tough is the fact that each individual has different means of keeping themselves inspired. For company leaders, it is such a fortune to have a group of people who are always strive to remain productive at work. There are many ways you could know if a person is motivated or not. By recognizing these signs, as a team leader, you can pinpoint who among your members need a little push to be inspired to work. A Person’s Attitude Perhaps the most obvious or noticeable sign of being motivated is the attitude of being helpful, encouraging, and bright. Self-motivated employees are cheerful and always positive. Be careful, however, not to misjudge those employees who are introverted and relatively quiet. Of course, being quieter than others doesn’t mean being less motivated. Habits at Work You will notice that self-motivated employees are always willing to volunteer their time for the completion of projects and tasks. They also participate actively in brainstorming activities or during meetings. Other signs of being motivated include being busy dealing with paperwork, being able to concentrate on computer related tasks, as well as being on the phone regularly to communicate with business contacts. Lastly, employers easily distinguish who among the staff are the motivated ones by checking employee attendance. Those who miss very few working days and always come to work early are considered self-motivated. Working with a Team Motivated employees easily stand out when projects require employees to work in teams. What they usually do is offer their help even without being asked. They are enthusiastic during meetings as well, and offer their ideas that may help the team achieve its goals. When it comes to the division of responsibilities amongst team members, self- motivated individuals don’t mind having more workload than the other members. In fact, they may even express willingness to take on more responsibilities and assignments. Positive Outcome Highly motivated employees almost always produce very positive results which are of high quality and accuracy as well. These workers don’t have problems meeting their deadlines and accomplishing their tasks and work earlier than expected. In short, they are very productive and efficient. Focused on Advancing Their Career A worker who loves his job is definitely focused on his career advancement. This type of employee is seen to be very interested in knowing what it takes to get a promotion. When the company offers training courses or programs to their employees, a self motivated worker will be among the first ones to inquire about it and express interest in being part of it.
  4. 4. Cosmic Coaching Centre Page 4 You know you did your job really well. You finished all your projects on time. you strategically handled all the tasks assigned to you. The promotion that was given to someone else should definitely be yours. If this is your line of thinking, you are not alone. Almost everyone in any company and industry feels they deserve every promotion. But the truth is that almost all of them have also been passed over for the promotion they thought they well deserved. As an employee, you have always been after career advancement just like everyone else. But if you are still not fortunate enough to get a promotion, you should start wondering what could be wrong. Here’s what you should do when that happens. 1. Control your emotions and stay composed. As a human being, you will naturally have that anger and despair in your heart when you experience a career setback. If this is how you feel, you should look to do something that can make you relaxed. You can get a massage, dine in a fancy restaurant, do some shopping, or anything that can make you feel pampered. Doing any of these will somehow help you recover from the depressing moment you experienced. 2. Don’t ask why. Ask to meet the person who decided not to give you the promotion. Remember that you are not supposed to ask why it wasn’t given to you; instead, try to know what you should do to deserve a promotion later on. This shows that you are a real team player. 3. Be proactive and expose yourself more. Getting more people to know about your ideas and skills will help you move up faster. You can do this my being more participative in company activities, and consistently giving your manager updates on whatever accomplishments you have had. 4. Be honest about how you feel. There is no point in pretending that you are fine with the fact that you missed the promotion. However, this doesn’t mean that you have the right to bad-mouth whoever it is that got the promotion. Let everyone know that despite not getting the promotion you had worked hard for, you are still positive about working with the person who got promoted. 5. Take time to reflect. Don’t focus too much on the failure you just had. Ask yourself why you wanted the promotion so badly. By knowing the real reason or what’s driving you to get the job, you may end up thinking of other jobs or opportunities you haven’t considered. Failing to get a promotion is not the end of your career. Remember that there is always a reason for everything. This could even be a sign for you to consider having a career change.