How to not sabotage your career
The amount of employees of the American work force succeeding in sabotaging their careers by finding problems but not developing solutions every day is mind boggling.
In the event that you are worried about job security or moving up the career ladder at all, then follow these simple and straightforward steps:
- Try finding and then singling out a root cause for a problem.
- Find a suitable solution for this problem.
- Develop one or more suitable other solutions or case scenarios.
- Prototype or experiment with the solutions that you may be able to conjure up.
- Try proving that your ideas will work and beta test such that you can be 99.9% sure that the products or services actually work.
- Locate early possible first internal or external adopters of your solutions, products, and services.
- Communicate with a lot of folks ahead of time. Clarity and involvement is is never overrated.
- Collaborate with all the stakeholder of this interaction or intervention. Help and ideas, who does not need them?
Some of these few examples seem to be something that some employees never have on their radar. Do not be surprised if your manager-leader will ignore you in the future when you miss on one or more or the above criteria.
One key item that will turn you into an invaluable asset it to identify problems and also at least two – better three – options. Think about it. You are the only one who is the subject matter specialist in what you do. Only you are in direct contact with the important stake holders. Your boss is typically not. That is so powerful. Your perception is what counts. When you put your thoughts on solving issues and you manager compiling a solution that you can totally stand behind and you can use your strengths and passion make it happen, no boss should stand in your way.
I might add that some bosses may get into your way. That may be part of their own ego flaws or sign of working for a toxic company culture. That is also good to know even if you do not get your solution approved. It lets you ponder whether or not you should stay or move on. Is that not worth it too, if you finally figure out how to make your working life less miserable? Sounds like a win-win-win to me.
Does it take time and energy to do all of this? Sure. Will you be able to enjoy a better work life soon after implementing either new solutions or start working elsewhere? Absolutely. What are you waiting for? Letting is go will sabotage your career and jeopardize your long term employment though. Tough choice.