3 Things you Need for Long-Term Career Satisfaction

This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Passion for what you do is important, but it’s not the only ‘P’ to focus on if you want to ensure a continued progression of your career
  2. Having a sense of purpose about the work you do is the second core component for career success, but just believing you are providing value is not enough–that belief must be validated by your leadership
  3. A propensity to win means having good ideas and being able to execute on them; this is the third piece to the career happiness puzzle
  4. If you can focus and execute on all 3 Ps, you’ll put yourself in prime position for sustained career progression

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How to Responsibly Self-Promote without being Annoying

This post’s key takeaways:

  1. The brands we buy everyday need to promote themselves so we know about them; you have the same responsibility to promote your brand at work too
  2. The hardest part of substantiating your professional brand is being able to talk about your accomplishments
  3. We tend to shy away from self-promotion in an effort to not ‘brag,’ but this is a mistake
  4. This post includes a challenge to advertise your brand at work in three ways over the next month—you can do it!

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Personal Branding and the Art of Defining “Brand You”

This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Brands are not just products; they’re people too—including you
  2. At work, your reputation is your brand, and you always have the opportunity to change perceptions by focusing in on what makes you special
  3. Being clear about what your personal brand statement is at work is key; writing it down sets the intention and underscores where you make a difference
  4. Use this template to help you hone in on what your relevant, go-to skills are for the organization you work for

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From Whining to Winning: How to Complain at Work and Get Ahead

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This post’s key takeaways:

  1. If you complain to your boss more than just rarely, you risk losing their engagement and support
  2. Managers typically respond to complaints in one of three ways: with sympathy, with action or with apathy; learning how to read these signals is critical
  3. Employees who turn complaints into opportunities are good; those who go the extra step to propose a real solution are great
  4. Download a template to propose your solution in a professional, well thought out and buttoned up way; your boss will thank you for it

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Time is not the Problem; Your Priorities are.

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This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Time is not a limiting factor; the way you structure your priorities are
  2. When talking to your manager about workload, shift the focus from one of ‘time’ to one of ‘priority’
  3. To be most effective, use a value-based prioritization approach to cordon off your workload; specific comments on how to do this are below
  4. Download a template project tracker to start developing your own value-based prioritization approach

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Ask, Receive, Achieve: The Importance of Asking for Feedback

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This post’s key takeaways:

  1. Your reputation at work is your corporate capital, but all too often we don’t properly assess how we’re viewed by our counterparts
  2. Asking for feedback is critical to your professional development, but can be difficult to do
  3. It is your responsibility, and your responsibility alone, to solicit constructive feedback
  4. Download sample questions you can use to design your own 360 feedback survey

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