THESE HABITS AREN’T EASY, BUT THEY’RE WORTH LEARNING FOR THE NEW YEAR.
Working professionals now live in a time of unprecedented change and disruption—the only thing that we can predict for certain is that things will become even more uncertain and unpredictable going forward.
As a result, an entirely new set of success skills is needed to get ahead in such new and novel business environments. Following are seven all-new habits that highly successful people share—and seven ways you can apply them to continuously vault yourself ahead of the pack, regardless of what the future brings.
1. BECOME IRREPLACEABLE
Get on-the-job training, skills, capabilities, and insights that are hard to come by, and even more difficult to outsource. The more unique and value-adding your abilities, the more difficult it becomes to substitute others in your place.
As a simple example, you could be your company’s most innovative authority on product design, well-connected social media maven, or sought-after educator and mentor. If it can be done better, faster, and cheaper, rest assured it will. If others can easily be trained to perform your duties, be certain you’re in their crosshairs.
The solution to the problem is to make yourself indispensable in your workplace—the more painful and challenging it is to replace you, the less likely you are to be jettisoned.
2. CONSTANTLY GROW AND IMPROVE
Make education and professional development an ongoing mandate. Ask yourself: What types of talents, training, and educational experiences will be in demand tomorrow? Then purposefully seek out the opportunities you’ll need to get them today so you’ll be ready to greet the future before it comes knocking.
Also take a moment to think about where you want to be in your career, then work backwards, creating an action plan with specific, definable steps and milestones that can motivate you and help you get from here to there. Read the rest of this entry »