How To Work Your Way Up The Corporate Ladder

In these difficult times when great jobs are slipping away and we all need to offer significant skills to not only keep our jobs but move up. Performance is one of the things all companies are looking for.

That performance can be measured and can be demonstrated. Confidence and leadership is a must and most companies recognize those qualities through your ability to speak and perform in front of any group.

In addition to being a great presenter, here are a few more areas you need to be aware of:

  1. Tell Me I’m Wrong
  2. Bring the Bad News First
  3. Be Drama-Free
  4. Smile
  5. Take Notes
  6. Never Skip the Office Party
  7. Don’t Expect to be Rewarded
  8. Hold Up Your End
  9. Ask How You Can Help
  10. Have a Solution
  11. Know Your Job—and Do It
  12. Take Ownership
  13. If you think like the founder, if you act and work as the founder, people in leadership will take notice
  14. Support Your Colleagues
  15. Measure And Report
  16. Be Proactive
  17. Do More With Less
  18. Welcome Feedback
  19. … And What To Do When You Get There

These are some proven ways to help set yourself on the path to management. Which leads to the next obvious question: What do you do when you are finally promoted? You’ve probably heard over and again NOT to do the things you used to do. That’s very good advice. It is now your job to help others do their jobs better.

Here are the five essential management tasks that can help you do that, according to management guru Peter Drucker.

Set Objectives
The manager sets goals for the group, and then he or she must decide what works needs to be done to meet those goals.

Organize
The manager divides the work into manageable activities and selects people to accomplish the tasks that need to be done.

Communicate And Motivate
The manager creates a team out of his people, through decisions on pay, placement, promotion, and through his communications with the team. Drucker also referred to this as the “integrating” function of the manager.

Measure
The manager establishes appropriate targets and yardsticks, and analyzes, appraises, and interprets performance.

Develop People
With the rise of the knowledge worker, this task has taken on added importance. In a knowledge economy, people are the company’s most important asset. It is up to the manager to develop that asset.
While various experts may use different words and focus on different aspects of these responsibilities, Drucker’s basic description of the manager’s job still holds value today.
And from Human Resource professional Tim Sparks more leaders are looking for these qualities from the people who want to move up in any company:

  1. Cultural fit
  2. Can-do attitude
  3. Dependability
  4. Follow-through
  5. Skills match the new job
  6. Personal accountability
  7. Ability to work within a team- collaboration
  8. Performance in their current role
  9. Willingness to learn
  10. Ability to work under pressure- meet timelines.

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