I know (and you probably do too) that creating a successful career inside a large (or medium or small) company can be a frustrating experience – for those who don’t know and follow the tricks of the trade.
Good performance alone will not guarantee your success. That’s the bad news.
Several years ago, I was where you might be today — doing a great job yet getting passed over for promotion after promotion. Finally, I got fed up and decided to do something about it.
I got one of those marble-covered notebooks and made a list of all the people I admired, all of the people in the companies where I had worked who’d got the promotions I didn’t, and the people who had been role models to me in my life. I started reading biographies of successful people. I created a page for each person. I started writing down the characteristics that I observed in these people. When I was finished, I had a notebook full of the characteristics I observed in successful people.
It was a long list. So I started looking for patterns and groups of behaviors. When it was all said and done, I found seven distinct characteristics that the successful people I had studied had in common. They all:
- Had a clearly defined purpose and direction for their lives.
- Were committed to succeeding. They faced obstacles and overcame them.
- Were self-confident. They knew they were going to succeed and continue to succeed as they went through life.
- Were outstanding performers.
- Created positive personal impact.
- Were dynamic communicators.
- Built strong, lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with the important people in their lives.
I think of these seven characteristics as my corporate career success secret sauce.
I started applying this secret sauce – and I began getting promotions. I became the confidant of several senior executives and I began coaching “up and comers” in my company – teaching them the basic principles I had discovered by writing my observations in that marble-covered notebook.
In 1988, I was faced with a decision: accept a big promotion to a Vice President position in the Fortune 500 company where I was working, or strike out on my own. I decided that I have an entrepreneurial bent and chose the latter. I opened up a small consulting, career success coaching and speaking business. The idea was to reach an even greater number of people with what I knew about creating their life and career success.
For many years, I thrived as a corporate consultant and career success coach. Then I got cancer – and survived. I realized that there was more to life than working as a highly paid consultant and career success coach — that I had an opportunity to reach even more people with my common sense message about corporate career success, people I would never get a chance to meet working one on one with executives in very large companies.
That’s why I wrote I Want YOU…To Succeed In Your Corporate Climb. I want to help as many people as I can create the life and career success they want and deserve. I survived a cancer scare, and now I want to give as much as I can, to as many people as I can.
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The seven ingredients in my corporate career success secret sauce that I cover in I Want YOU…To Succeed In Your Corporate Climb have guided me on my corporate career success journey. Now I’m sharing them with you so they can guide you on your personal corporate climb.
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