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Get-Ahead Strategies You've Never Heard Before

May 16, 2008
'Fess Up

There are many solutions that can be found in unexpected places. People usually commit mistakes in the workplace and then later apologize for their behavior.

At work, people blame each other for things that go wrong - but you can't make anything right if you can't acknowledge your mistakes.

Do the Impossible

You must always be a leader during critical die-hard situations, which means you should never lose your cool when you are in a tough situation. Leaders are generally able to handle sticky situations with deft and grace.

If you want to succeed at work, then you should try to do things that others may consider to be impossible. For example, if you are not in the running for a promotion, then you should talk to your boss about it (you will probably succeed). Doing so will help you to come across as an ambitious person who is determined to control their own destiny, even at work.

Be Willing To Learn

Desire is the mother of success - and desire is what gets you ahead in the workplace. You should always try to learn new things and take on new responsibilities.

Look for new ways to obtain your career goals - start participating as an active employee, and pursue higher education to enhance your career. By doing so, you will help yourself as well as the company to grow.

Keep On Moving

You should always discuss creative ways to progress ahead in life, not just professionally but also financially. As you are in control of your career, it is you who must make sure that your job is both personally and financially rewarding.

If you find that your current career is stagnating or that you have reached the limit in terms of how high you can go and how much money you can earn, then it is probably time to look for better opportunities elsewhere.

This isn't being fickle, it's being smart.

Keep Your Emotions in Check

When you have a stressful job, it's easy to let your emotions get in the way of your success. This is especially true in the age of doing more with less and having to be highly productive. In the end, losing your temper or being disagreeable won't help you to get what you want, nor will they help you get ahead at work.
You have to find some way to relieve your stress - and exercise is a great way to do it. By taking time out for yourself to exercise, you'll relieve tension and be able to remain balanced and focused, and ready to take on new challenges. Conversely, if you don't, you may find yourself too stressed out to be effective (or to be around), either at work or at home.

The same goes for vacation - if you have 2 weeks of time off, by all means take it. You don't have to feel guilty for taking some time off - and your company will be rewarded in the form of a fully rested and recharged employee.

Getting ahead at work isn't rocket science, but it does take some introspection - and action.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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