Do you feel stuck, or under appreciated, in your job?
Have you ever been passed by for a promotion?
Ever wonder what it really takes to get ahead?
Then, read this post written by EMC's Chuck Hollis.
When you're done, come back. Let's talk about it.
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Did some if it ring true for you? How so?
When I address the new hires at EMC, some of my favorite tips for success here are:
1. If you see an opportunity to do something, do it.
Either ask permission (chances are they will say "yes,") or, be prepared to ask forgiveness later.
2. Look for things to take off your boss's desk.
Do the job, and look for what else you could do to help your boss, and the Company exceed goals.
3. Remember, that when you're in the lead, there are no rule books.
Leaders, and leading companies, are figuring it out, and moving fast, every day. If you think something could be done better, don't assume there was a big decision to do it the way it is being done. It could just be that a) no one has thought of your idea before, or b) no one took the time to advocate that it be done in a better way. If you're passionate about a new idea -- work to make it happen. What you see as an opportunity likely aligns with your passions and strengths -- and could just lead you to the job of your dreams.
I couldn't help but think of these tips as I read Chuck's post today. I loved his ending about holding up the mirror, as well. Makes me think of a line that Joe Tucci once said in an off-handed way shortly after he became CEO of EMC.
"Everyone keeps looking up [for the decision, or action], when they could just look in the mirror."