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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Do you put yourself or your company first?


Why should you have to choose between putting yourself or your company first?  Studies have shown that the two actually work hand in hand.  Employees who acquire the skills they need to advance in their own career actually helps the individual themselves as well as their employer.
A lot of people contemplate on how they can add value to their companies, when one of the best things they can do is invest in themselves.  If you focus instead on getting the most out of your own job experience, you will inevitably perform better at your job--making you a top-employee.  If you can incorporate your own needs into business objectives then both you and your company are winners.
One of the easiest things to do is to make a five year plan.  By putting goals down on paper, you are developing vague ideas into concrete mandates you can commit to.  By focusing on your client relationships, business development, and profile building, you are creating a stellar reputation not only for yourself but also for your company.  Too often people get side-tracked on working on singular work that needs immediate attention, rather than keeping this larger picture and network in mind.
At the end of the day, don’t sell yourself short.  By investing in yourself, you are making others want to invest in your company.  Don’t feel as if you and your company have to be totally separate entities, but a type of symbiotic relationship where each member is dependent upon the other.

2 comments:

  1. Well said! I have had numerous conversations with colleagues who drone on about being stuck in ruts and how they would like to try new things, but never have time. What they don't realize is that if they set aside some time and work on expanding themselves and their knowledge-base, not only would they be happier, but the office as a whole would benefit and maybe learn something new too!

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  2. I worked in the same job for 3 years with no advancements. I was beginning to get very discouraged, but I developed both a 5 year and a 10 year plan for myself and have greatly benefitted from it. I am in year 2 of my plan, have enrolled in ecourses and have gotten a raise. Having something concrete written down for me to stick to forced me into action.

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