I’m always surprised when the corporate world does stupid things, because they’re often not very stupid in hindsight.
– Penn Jillette
From past 4 months I have been experiencing severe corporate work pressure and expectations from my peers and family. With each passing day i realised something new and went a step closer to understand how corporate world works. I kept on absorbing the environment around me and tried to learn the basic steps one must follow to create a strong entry point into this corporate web.
- First impression—> Make It Big!
Your entry must be known to everyone around you. Introduce yourself with confidence. Let people know which part of team you will be working with and what is your background.
2. Build Relationships
Now this is self explanatory but what is not seen directly is the impact of this step. You might be very smart and self efficient but if you are reserved and keep yourself isolated then all your smartness is a waste because in the corporate arena you are called smart only when people realize that you are smart and not when you think you are smart. To show people that you are smart, you will have to keep a healthy and interactive relationship with everyone around you. The way you present yourself in front of your peers will actually be the deciding factor of your smartness.
3. Never Show off and always help others
This is extremely crucial and critical in order to grow in a company. Always keep a down to earth attitude and never let others feel hesitated to come to you to ask for help. if you help others, they will help you in your time of need. Its the fundamental rule of success. You must be very polite and friendly in your replies and should always show interest if someone is talking to you. If you are busy for some reason then give them a proper time when they can come back and seek your help or delegate them to other person whom you think can help them. Again, this should be done in a very polite manner.
4. Always keep yourself on time and be sincere towards your work.
You must not be late for office and put yourself in the situation where your manager demands an explanation for your mistake. It is the first sign of underachievement and lack of dedication to your work. Let others know that you are dedicated and hardworking.
5. Always seek advice and information from your peers.
This will keep you updated about what’s going on in and around your project and will place you a step ahead in your mind for decision making.
6. Never rely on others for something which you own the responsibility.
If some task is delegated to you then you and only you will be considered responsible for whatever happens with the task so better check yourself and confirm before coming to any conclusions suggested by others.
7. Working hard is good but working smart is what matters.
Always look for smart solutions to any problem you are facing. There would be 100s who could provide solution but only a few who can provide the least complex solution so try being one of those few.
8. Always keep a note of your achievements.
They come real handy at the time of promotions. Your manger at times might forget your contribution to the team. What if you also forget what you did? NO PROMOTION!
9. Work for team and then for you.
Consider this scenario.
You want to get promoted to the next level and you are the top performer in your team but overall your team has not done well hence the senior to which you were about to get replaced was not given promotion hence you are also stuck at the same level.
Although you were a star performer but you don’t get promotion because overall your team has performed below expectations.
10. Keep learning and never look back
This is final mantra for success. Always open your mind for new dimensions as the world keeps on changing and you surely wont like getting lost in the crowd. If sometime you have a bad day at the office, just learn from it and forget that something like that ever happened.
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