A Character-Driven Career

Personality can open doors, but the only character can keep them open.”

~Elmer G. Letterman

What’s the Deal with Politics?

Political savvy is something you don’t study in school, but it’s crucial for economic success.

“Man is by nature a political animal.”


Take Command

It’s critical to remember that you’re in charge of your career. Expect the Human Resources Department to make no plans for your future. In fact, don’t hold your breath for anyone else to be concerned about it.

There have been moments in my profession when someone has expressed interest in my advancement; nevertheless, it has always been in their best interests for them to do so. Keep in mind that businesses exist primarily to make money.

Dress Prepared to Succeed

A President, a Senior Vice-President, a Vice-President, and a District Manager are all dressed differently. You should dress one level up from where you are now.

Above all, maintain your integrity.

The concentration of integrity increases as you rise through the ranks of an organization.

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”

~Alan Simpson

Keep in mind who you work for

Always back up the business

True, your heart will follow your treasure. On a daily basis, you’ll have plenty of chances to criticize your boss. Refrain from taking those risks. Remember that (1) you picked this firm, (2) they pay you, and (3) you have the option to leave if you so desire. Your ability to whine is not going to impress the company’s bosses.

Make your boss, as well as your boss’s boss, look good.

In all likelihood, you are attempting to take over your boss’s position. Hopefully, your boss will be promoted, leaving an opening. If your employer isn’t leaving, the following level will have a significant impact on your next job.

“The best job goes to the person who can get the job done without coming up with excuses or passing the buck”

~Napolean Hill

Who are the company’s top executives?

Find out about the company’s executives’ backgrounds. What did they do for a living? Those credentials are likely to be valued higher than others. Make a list of exceptional people in the firm and make an effort to engage with them. Find a way to work for them if at all possible. Create a network with as many of them as possible if you don’t already have one. Asking one of them to be your mentor is the greatest option. You’ll be astonished at how many folks are willing to assist in this way.

“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.”

~Spanish Proverb

Understand the LawsWatch What You Write or Say

Assume that everyone in the workplace will read or hear whatever you write or say. E-mail facilitates emotional responses. Take a minute to relax before responding to an annoying e-mail, and then write the e-mail. If you have a habit of sending angry communications, save a draft and examine it later to ensure the tone is acceptable for business.

This principle has a corollary: don’t go to Happy Hour! There is a significant chance of saying something inappropriate, losing control or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong moment. You should avoid workplace politics at all costs. Never, ever say anything negative about somebody.

Arrive early, but not too early, and depart late, but not too late.

You want to be known as a hard worker, but not a slacker. This notion also holds true when working from home. You’ll desire a life outside of work in the long run. Maintaining a work-life balance will keep you interested in your career and hence more productive.

Determine your boss’s needs and fulfill them.

You must be productive, regardless of your personality, relationships, or appearance. It means doing everything your boss wants, no matter how ridiculous it may appear to you. For example, one of my bosses wanted to know how many Dairy Queens served a specific yogurt between Dallas and Houston.

Always say, “Yes!” to a request from leadership. For your boss, there are ways to provide better solutions without damaging the relationship.

“Always do more than is required of you.”

~General Patton

Give credit to others.

Take no credit for yourself. This is significant for a number of reasons. To begin, you’ll require assistance. Second, when people appreciate your employees, you gain recognition as well. Third, it is the morally correct thing to do.


When it comes to your professional life:

You are in charge.

Keep in mind who you work for.

Understand the Laws

“Eagles don’t flock; they soar alone,” as Bill Karnes put it. And eagles soar above their surroundings. People who start things, lead groups, or otherwise distinguish themselves from the herd do, too.

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