Monday, August 3, 2009

Getting Ahead in Your Career – 10 Rules of Success

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I found this really well thought out list of the 10 Rules of Success to help professionals grow in their careers. The list was developed by Folarin Longe, founder of Human Edge Limited, a human resources consulting and staffing services firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. I think the list is appropriate for those of us who are working in an increasingly global environment.

Longe's list can help professionals answer the proverbial question, "what does it take to get ahead around here?” Ifyour office is like the weekly TV show, The Office, you may not know which character you want to mimic.

This is the kind of question that a someone in any new work environment or a new grads should be asking after they settle into their routine assignments. Will these 10 rules apply in every work environment? I think so. Are there other factors that could be specific to your organization? Yes. For example, you might find that moving ahead in your company might require special attention to networking with senior managers.

Your goal should be to apply Longe's 10 rules of success, plus any other specific rules unique to life at your office.

Rule #1 - Be a constant learner and absorb formal and informal training
Rule #2 - Be humble. You might be surprised at the source of new ideas
Rule #3 - Be Pro-Active. Take responsibility for your own growth and development
Rule #4 - Develop a “Hardy Attitude” and be willing to take as much as you give.
Rule #5 - Be friendly yet professional
Rule #6 - Be hardworking, enthusiastic and passionate
Rule #7 - Recognize the commercial imperative
Rule #8 - Be exceptionally good at something
Rule #9 - Develop good interpersonal skills
Rule #10 - It's ok to be ambitious

Longe goes in depth with each of these 10 rules of success and I encourage you to check out the complete article for more insight into one or more of these rules.


Marianna said...

I like number 1 - being a life-long learner.

I recently visited a 91 yr. young woman who had this to say, "Oh, I have so much to learn, yet." What an inspiration!

The RayeMartin Group said...

Hi Marianna,

Long time no hear...
Yes - I love number 1 too. Just spoke to a girlfriend yesterday who is 49 and going back to school ---Pharmacy School at that and she did not even sound scared. (:>

Career success is always about the future, isn't it.


Marianna said...

I wish your girlfriend well in her new endeavour!

Marcia Robinson said...

Thanks Marianna. Will pass that on along with your website at Change of Heart.( She will need all the stress help she can get! (:>