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To improve your career prospects, there are obvious things you could and should do.

The first obvious step would be to get a good mentor so you’re not alone in making career decisions.

In this way, you’ll be able to grow and stretch yourself. You’ll get personalized feedback, learn, grow your emotional intelligence, improve your techniques and network brilliantly.

But for enhancement, let’s delve deeper.

Here are important tips:

1. Be assertive in your communication. Productive people don’t procrastinate and they’re not hesitant to be honest.

2. When coworkers aren’t responsive in a timely way, don’t be shy about getting answers, identifying solutions and implementing them.

3. Be authoritative to earn trust and confidence. Convey a sense that you’re decisive and in control.

4. Look for problems to solve. Solve them and let your boss know. In this way, you’ll be seen as someone who seizes opportunities for organizational growth and who makes good decisions without oversight.

5. Be mindful of organizational objectives and push ahead even if others are reluctant. Take decisive action to make your boss look good.

6. Always show dignity and poise. Show respect. If you question your supervisor’s decisions, do it privately. That’s the professional way.

7. Learn to speak well in public. Do this and you’ll be become influential as people hear your ideas.

8. Enhance your teamwork and collaborative skills. Become known as someone who can work with anyone.

9. Continue to study the characteristics of leaders. Take the right steps to become a leader.

10. Strive for a track record of success. Sometimes there will be obstacles, but analyze how to overcome them. When you don’t succeed or make a mistake, learn why and apologize when appropriate, don’t make excuses and forge ahead.

From the Coach’s Corner, here are related tips:

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Frustrated at Work? Don’t Let Disappointment Define You — By not panicking or showing disappointment, it clearly shows you’re a strong, valuable employee. It lays a foundation that shows how laudable you are and that you’re ready for whatever happens next.

Shy in Networking? Here Are 4 Tips that Will Work for You — Good news if crowds make you nervous: The advantage in networking goes to introverts instead of extroverts. That’s right. As an introvert, you have advantages in networking and also advantages in becoming a leader. Here’s why and how.

Boost Your Learning and Career by Improving Your Memory — If you’re looking to develop your brain power to advance your career or perhaps to become a leader, having a good memory is critical. Here are 20 tips.

Vital Qualities to Jump from Being a Manager to Leader — Leaders are made, not born. You will become a leader if you undergo the lifetime transforming process of learning, observing and teaching. Here’s how to make the transition.

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”

-Earl Nightingale


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.