I have often been asked by executives in the early stages of their career to tell them how to climb up the corporate ladder. I took this as an opportunity for summarizing some of the rules of the game as given below:
• Its 99.9% sweat & blood and 0.1% luck. There is a short cut and I will tell you about it towards the end.
• Be sure about the job you are opting for, many make the mistake to take on whatever comes their way as their first job. This can be a very very costly and at times a mistake which can never be undone.
• At the interviews, induction and introduction stages, be at your best in all aspects i.e. dress smart, be physically fresh and mentally active. First Impressions form 80% of initial perceptions.
• Impress with knowledge (not information) and dedicate yourself to your job. What you sow today is what you will reap tomorrow.
• Do your regular job better than anyone else and always capitalize on the opportunity to add little extra to it, this will reflect your initiative, enthusiasm and can do attitude.
• Stay as near to the power (senior management) as you can – remember, out of sight = out of mind, be visible but in a diplomatic manner – keep your immediate boss always ahead of you while you do this, since ultimately it will be his appraisal and consent which will push you forward.
• There is always a lot of waste around you, identify it and develop cost effective solutions. Present them to the person of highest position that you are comfortable sharing it with and make sure he has the authority to give you a go ahead for implementation. Cost saving & increasing profitability is loved by senior management simply.
• Know your friends and enemies in the Company, make yourself look like a leader at every possible opportunity but this must be done with discretion.
• Avoid unnecessary grapevine & never share your weaknesses with anyone, keep your image clean. You are there to work not to make friends since you already have enough.
• Be ambitious at times when it counts. If you act the part they (senior management) will think you can do the part.
• Other essentials of the recipe are honesty, ability to take on challenges, be cool under pressure, right attitude, ability to build relationships at all levels (networking), excellent verbal and written communication skills, initiating and managing change, handling difference of opinion, negotiation skills, a good balance of tenacity and resilience etc.….
• Remember, all that matters to the financial stakeholders of the company is profits. All that matters to you is profits for the company because that translates to profits for you! Make your goals reachable and steadily start putting together a plan of action to move ahead. Keep that plan, stay out of company drama and just slide right into a promotion. GOOD LUCK.
• Now the short cut right to the top. HAVE YOUR OWN BUSINESSS AND BE YOUR OWN BOSS. There is no better and no other right time than this very moment.
I can do about pages and pages on the topic but won’t like to bore you further….write to me if you may have any specific questions and I will be glad to give you an answer to the best of my ability.
Now about the track… The underlying architecture of the track is a Jazz and Blues composition which I did some time back. Edited Vocal samples are from Magix sound pools, rest is all Midi composition worked through synths, VSTIs and SFX.
Business, travel and focus on my own career are leaving me with very little time (and all public holidays are falling over the weekend till now this year ) . To make things worse, I was out of broad band connectivity at home due to some issue with the modem which I just got resolved. Thanks for your continued support, encouragement and understanding.