Perhaps you are a brilliant engineer, a highly skilled marketer, or a genius at Finance- but if you are not paying attention to these 3 factors, your career is likely to bomb.
1. Become indispensable
The popular myth is that “people” are the lifeblood of an organization. Unfortunately, only SOME people are important to the company. Everyone else is expendable because the company can replace them easily. Successful career professionals work hard to be in the first category.
The most valuable people to an organization are those whose skills are irreplaceable. Since all skills can eventually be replaced, this means learning new skills all the time. The most successful career professionals have a hunger for learning new skills.
2. Know your company’s business model
Do you know how your company makes money? What must happen for the company to keep making money?
The CEO loses sleep over these questions, so you better understand how your job can make his job easier. Regardless of how far removed you are from the customer, knowing the business model will shape your decisions and get your noticed.
3. Learn from a mentor
Every organization has its own rules for promoting people. Some of these rules are written down but most are not. The ones who know these rules well are likely in the upper echelons of the organization.
If you want to move up the ladder, find someone in the company who is doing the sort of job you would like to be doing in 5-10 years. This person can be your big brother (or big sister) if you ask them nicely. Their guidance will help you crack the success code for your company.
How do you measure up to these 3 factors? Don't feel bad if you need some work in one or more areas. I have been fortunate to work with some amazing professionals. They all started with analyzing themselves and then took action.
Its time you took action too!