BRAIN FOOD: Route to the top ... How to get promoted

BRAIN FOOD: Route to the top ... How to get promoted - Go the extra mile. By doing more than is asked for, you'll win grateful colleagues and show that you are ready to take on more.

by Octavius Black, managing director of The Mind Gym,www.themindgym.com
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Go the extra mile. By doing more than is asked for, you'll win grateful colleagues and show that you are ready to take on more.

Network like crazy. The more people you know within your organisation and outside it, the greater your chances of being offered a new role.

Do the detail - but don't talk about it. You want to be seen to be thinking about big issues, not small ones.

Have an opinion. You want to be seen to stand for something. Pick your battles wisely, but make sure that you do have them from time to time.

Enthusiasm is infectious. Show your excitement and commitment to the organisational cause. Those at the top will want you in a role where your energy is influencing others.

Facilitate in meetings. This will set you apart from the rest and makes it less likely that you will end up in a relationship-damaging conflict.

You may even be praised as the one who gets the most out of people.

Avoid the well-trodden career route. Tomorrow's leaders will almost certainly have a different set of experiences from today's, and the unorthodox career path will make it harder to compare you with your peers.

Change roles every couple of years. This will keep you fresh and give you a breadth of experience that will be hard for others to compete with.

Be focused but flexible. Decide on the role you want, the skills you need to do it, and how you can demonstrate you have them. Be open to new chances as they occur.

Have stamina. Staying power is one of the most important yet least recognised attributes of successful leaders. To get to the top, keep going and don't be put off by setbacks. It's a long journey.

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