Exhibiting positive work habits and behaviors is important in order to keep your current position but extremely necessary when it comes to moving up the corporate ladder. To be an effective executive, you need to know that what drove your progress at lower levels will not necessarily sustain your future success.
When coaching entrepreneurs and executives, I believe that the key is to adopt new ways of thinking and acting. Below are nine positive work tactics you can exhibit when moving up the corporate ladder.
1. Ideas – Come up with ideas that provide revenue producing solutions for the company.
2. Impact – Choose projects that are considered a challenge for your level of experience but that will create impact within the company.
3. Impeccable – Be sure to be flawless in your language and dress.
4. Independent – Learn to work independently and with minimal supervision.
5. Ignite – Be the ‘ignition switch’ and take the initiative to start something.
6. Interest – Show interest in your company’s initiatives. Be interested in all things involving your team, department and the company.
7. Intangible – Do those intangible things that bring added qualitative value.
8. Integrity – Display a sound moral character.
9. Influence – Build collaborations and become the ‘go to’ or ‘the expert’ in your company.
Don’t forget to focus on results, contributions and values add. This is what makes one move up the ladder. When one focuses on results, it makes them members of the top management team in a figurative sense.
Being an effective executive does not depend on rank or authority. Even if you’re a junior staff member but you focus on contributions, you are a top manager in the figurative sense.
Focusing on contributions also means turning away from your own specialization, narrow skills and internal focus within your department to the broader performance of the whole company.
As you reach the next level on the ladder, remember that the expectation is business first, function second. Your focus should be on expanding the size of the pie and not on getting the biggest slice for yourself.
When you arrive at the next level, get the right people in the right roles, change out those who don’t fit, redefine how you ‘add value’, build and lead so that the team is really a cohesive effective team.
Jim Collins stated in his book: Good to Great: “In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with ‘where’ but with ‘who’. They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats”.
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