How to Move from OK to Wow at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
Most people do their jobs and go home, always hoping for ways to move ahead, but they may be missing a crucial concept. People who are willing to go above and beyond their regular jobs are the ones who are most likely to succeed.
Good workers show up on time and do the work. But great workers look ahead and figure out what needs to be done next. Instead of being told, they often do more on their own.
Here are some of the ways to move ahead from Lifehack.
Look further – As you complete your daily assignments, look closer at the work you usually do, and consider what may arrive next. Look for ways to improve the quality and amount of your work.
Start projecting – Consider an overview of your work and that of your group to project what will be needed in the future. Start posting goals for yourself to improve and expand your efforts. I have worked with people who did the homework to make change happen, and others who simply drifted along. The ones who moved ahead knew they had to take the initiative to stretch their efforts beyond their job description.
Prepare for change – In a fast moving world, many things are likely to change. Consider how your present job might evolve and what you could do to respond and innovate. When you attend meetings or review schedules, look for trends and potential problems or signs of change. Your strategic thinking will be appreciated.
Spot weaknesses – All of us have strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of yours, and take steps to improve areas that need work. I have worked with people who took every class that was provided by their company. Others simply sailed by, not wanting to do the extra work. The better prepared you are, the more flexibility your future will have.
Choose to succeed – If you look around at the people you have watched excel, you know their paths were not always easy. For some, it took many years and many attempts. For others, it took an extraordinary amount of effort and hours on the job to make the pieces fit.
Take a long look at your job, your talents, your skills, and your goals. Then put together a plan to move forward. Without a plan, and specific steps, you may be stuck where you are, or looking for a job in the future. With some strategic effort, you could be ahead of the game.
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