MN Business Tip Of The Day: Making The Climb To The Top

February 11, 2014  |  


There are certain things successful people have in common. They stick to certain principles, mix in discipline and consistency and ultimately find themselves exactly where they want to be. It’s never a surprise that they have reached a level of success because every day they are aware of the hard work and focus that precipitated their meteoric rise to the top.

Let these tips become the principles with which you mix discipline and consistency. Be sure and wave to the “little people” as you go by.

Take Initiative.  Be more involved in any difficulty your colleague or boss encounters. Let them know you are willing to take on extra (yet reasonable) work in order to help. Keep in mind that a leader is someone eager to go above and beyond his or her domain and help others when they need it. Stand out by showing that you not only work for the company but that you belong with the company. Taking initiative shows you are there to work in the company’s best interest.

Always be prepared. Are there training modules or a presentation you need to have ready for staff meetings? You want to be sure that any presentations or materials you create indicate the time and energy you put into it. A good presentation helps you stay focused on your agenda and shows your boss that you’re serious, not to mention knowledgeable, about the information.

Be responsible. Your boss is looking for responsible employees. Take care of not just the responsibilities assigned to you, but also those that you take on yourself. If you find yourself struggling with a certain task, be the person who stands up and admits the issue. More important than a synthetically perfect employee is one willing to bear the consequences of shouldering his or her responsibilities.

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