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The attitude of career success
By Sanjiv Anand and Bhaskar Menon
Published: December 09, 2008, 23:38
Gulf News, Dubai
Your attitude determines how you succeed at work. Hence, discovering
and learning the right attitude for career success is vital early-on.
In today's corporate jungle it is survival of the fittest and a
question to ask in order to survive is: How can I build a more
positive attitude and maintain it? The answer was fairly simple -
constantly have a positive outlook by disciplining your mind through
The foundation for a successful career for the new executive is to
volunteer for assignments, especially work those others won't do.
Also, demonstrate willingness to learn and chip in. Avoid feelings of
being exploited when you do work that others won't do. What you are
really showing is that you are the company's competitive advantage.
Act upon things and make sure that plans aren't just plans on paper.
Every step should have an action plan and make sure you deliver what
is supposed to be delivered.
Do not become a one-project person and learn to handle more than one
project at a time. In the current competitive landscape, companies are
forced to deliver more with less. Learn to multitask and when you do
that, you not only become an asset to the company but you will also
end up learning more.
Push and pull
As a new executive at work, there is a tendency for people not to take
you seriously. They will try to get away with things - do not take no
for an answer. Learn that timing is an important element in any of
your requests or questions and something that is not granted now can
be granted later. Know when to push and when to pull back.
Take personal responsibility for your work and do not push blame or
look for excuses regarding tasks that are not completed to
satisfaction. Own up to your mistakes and at the same time, do not hog
the limelight when something is right.
Do not gossip or spreading ill will. Nothing kills your career faster
than being a rumourmonger early on in your career. Avoid office
politics at all costs. Valuing people doesn't just mean your peer or
your colleagues and includes everyone you work with in your company.
Believe in people and how they can help you. More importantly, believe
how you can help them by giving them hope, confidence and help in the
things they do.
Believe that you have a personal responsibility for your own career
success. You need to realise that you are in charge of your own
destiny. If something bad happens, do not blame anyone else. Every
position and every project is within reach.
People who are successful at their careers are people who believe they
can do it. Believe that as long as you learn from your mistakes then
it is not a wasted mistake. Your attitude towards failure will
determine how successful you become in your career. While you may not
be able to practice to perfection all these tips, you can at least
start with a few. Consistently do them, and you will meet with career
success sooner than you know.