Climbing the Corporate Ladder
Lets face it, it’s a drag. Unless you are a taste tester for Monteith’s, or tasked with capturing the hottest temperature in NZ each day, going back to work after the festive season can take a little adjusting.
Those snoozy mornings of reading the paper while drinking your coffee in bed subside to the weekends (if you’re lucky) and the things that didn’t quite get ticked off the to do list last year linger at your empty desk.
And of course it’s a time for resolutions. New goals within the workplace, further Kudos or the additional bottom line in your bank account. It’s a time for setting new milestones and plying your way up the executive ladder for another year.
You hear it all the time. Whether it’s your mother’s voice ringing in your ear or that of your Director, Kudos and financial gain doesn’t come easy and most successful things in life require a lot of hard work and commitment. They of course can be even harder to come by in this drunken economy that doesn’t know its left from right.
It’s the classic argument of how much time and effort should you really put in to be successful. What’s the cost it has on your own personal endeavours, and those numerous other tick-the-box elements we all seem to live by.
You could look at it a few ways.
One, don’t have a life and work on gaining Kudos until the cows come home.
Settling for those few social nights out a month while spending the majority of your time in the office, at the laptop, working the social events trying to become a name within your industry. Sure you might be described as a work-a-holic but the hope is you’ll also be respected within your field as someone who devotes their life to the cause.
Or two, is it about having balance in our lives, working smarter, to be the best in the business. Working to definitive time frames, under definitive processes, recruiting the right level of expertise with bang-on skill sets and therefore having the art of delegation under your wings.
But let’s not forget it takes time and effort to get there, the hours; the “discussions”; the negotiations; the budgets; the meetings; the late nights; and quite frankly, the bloody hard work. If the organisation is not your own then you have to find a happy medium between your remuneration and the fact that everything you do is for someone else’s dream.
I could go on but to conclude this piece and kick off the year in high spirits I’d say its a mixture of the following; attitude, personal work ethic, presentation and commitment. It’s the willingness to go the extra mile. Feel good words that HR recite frequently, but by bringing the attributes back to yourself and realising that while right now you might sit under the roof of someone else’s dream, those very attributes will help you climb that executive ladder towards your own.
So here’s to a year of clever business, success and personal gain. I’ll drop back again to let you know how I get on.