Career Self Management: It’s About You, Not Them

August 12th, 2013

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Steve Roesler, the author of the ‘All Things Workplace’ blog, teaches smart people like you practical ways to become extraordinary. In a blog he wrote on self-leadership, Steve describes a few work scenarios early in his work career that went like this:

  • I wanted my boss–a good guy and a good President–to manage me a little differently. He didn’t.
  • I wanted my initiatives to move through the organization faster. They didn’t.
  • I wanted my boss to manage me a little differently. He didn’t.
  • I wanted my initiatives to move through the organization faster. They didn’t.

What do you think happened? If you guessed that Steve eventually left these jobs, you guessed correctly.

Like tending a plant, you need to provide yourself with the right elements to help further your career.

I bet some of you are thinking, “I can’t leave my current job right now because ___________” (fill in the blank). If that is your situation, we blogged on ‘How to make the job the best it can be’ about a year ago. Here are a couple of tips from that post:

If you’re looking for more recognition…

Impress your boss. When you’re on your boss’s A-List, life at work might get a little more inspiring and a little more rewarding. Learn what makes your boss tick and always work hard to be part of the solution – not the problem. A positive attitude may be your ticket to the top. Read more tips on how to impress your boss.

If you’re looking for a challenge…

Start working toward a promotion. Be open to new opportunities within your company and outside of it. Get excited about your industry again by educating yourself on the latest news and trends. Working toward a potential change might be just what you need to reinvigorate your workday. Read more keys to getting a job promotion.

Have a career management tip to share with your fellow job seekers? Share it below.

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