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4 Steps to Propel your Corporate Career Forward

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Before you can really take control of your career, you 
need to devote some time to getting yourself organized.

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4 Steps to Propel your Corporate Career Forward
Copyright © 2006 Gary Lavine, PhD
The Successful Scientist

1. Chart Your Course 

Before you can really take control of your career, you need to 
devote some time to getting yourself organized. This type of 
organization goes beyond traditional steps like setting up a 
filing system; this is transforming your life instead of just 
your desk. Your efforts to move your career forward will be 
useless if you don't know where you're going, so you should begin 
by developing a clear idea of where you would like your career to 
go. Next, you want to create some goals to help you get there. 
These first two organizational steps give you a basic plan. Once 
this plan is in place, you can start breaking things down into 
manageable steps and concrete tasks.  After these components are 
in place, you have everything you need to organize your time for 
maximum efficiency.

Having a plan to execute can make a huge difference in how 
effective you are in your position.  As you begin to implement 
this plan you will develop momentum and find yourself 
accomplishing a surprising amount.  Having a well-defined outcome 
is the surest way for you to really put your career on the fast 
track to start making more money and fulfilling your professional 
dreams. Finally, having a plan gives you a concrete roadmap to 
follow and means you won't waste time and energy wondering what 
to do next, you'll always know your next logical step.

2. Master Your Environment

To be truly successful you have to have an in-depth understanding 
of the company you work for.  A good first step towards really 
developing a comprehensive view of your company is to recognize 
your value to the organization.  From that starting point you can 
go on to understand the value of all of the other parts of the 
organization.  Another critical step in mastering your 
environment is figuring out all of the unwritten rules that are 
present in your organization.  One very helpful way to both 
determine your value and learn the unwritten rules is to seek out 
mentors with different perspectives.

Once you're truly aware of how your employer really operates, 
you'll know what it will take to put your plan into action.  
By understanding the forces that make things happen in your 
environment, you will have much more control over how you spend 
your time.  By having a clear view of how your company works, you 
will know exactly what to do to keep your job safe in the lean 
times and position yourself for promotions in the good times.

3. Connect With Others

It's not enough to fully understand the corporate environment and 
your place within it; you also need to be able to take advantage 
of this information through effective communication.   It is 
vital for you to be able to express yourself in a variety of 
contexts and to a wide range of people.  Once others understand 
what you are doing and why you are doing it that way, you need to 
take the further step of marketing yourself effectively so that 
you get maximum recognition.  

With polished communication skills at your disposal, you will be 
able to execute your plan much faster than you would expect. 
Through good communication you can earn the trust and respect of 
others and more easily get their cooperation.  In fact, it is 
possible to develop your communication skills to the point where 
you can control just about every interaction you have during your 
work day.  The benefits don't end when you leave the building at 
the end of the day; when you extend these skills to a robust 
professional network outside of your organization you'll also 
have access to many additional people's expertise.

4. Make Breakthroughs Happen

In order to make major contributions to any organization, it is 
necessary to be truly innovative.  You can develop these skills 
by learning to look at problems and pursue solutions in new ways. 
You also need to learn to help your colleagues think in different 
ways.  The only way to get the rewards and recognition that you 
want is by making truly original contributions. 

Once you have developed the ability to be innovative you will not 
only be in a position to make really big contributions to your 
company, but you will also be more creative in finding a way to 
execute your plan. Coming up with and developing inventive 
approaches to the issues that your company is facing is the 
quickest way to be respected and admired by everyone you work 
with.  Your impact becomes further magnified by being able to 
effectively sell your ideas to others in your company by using 
your finely honed communication skills.

Gary Lavine, PhD - owner,       
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the next level. Receive science career advice from someone who 
has been there. Dedicated to helping scientists find new ways 
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and communicate in bold new ways to boost your career.



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