Hello SOTGC community,
So far in the Rules Of Engagement saga we have had:
- RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: BUSINESS STRATEGY
- RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT STRATEGY IS IN PLACE
Last week we talked about how to figure out what strategy is in place and who is playing WHAT strategy in your company. This week we take it a step further and bring you into the game.
Below are 5 simple steps on how to use this information to lead to success:
- Define on paper what your goals are and what projects you would need to be involved with to achieve these goals.
- On that same paper write down your moral code of ethics (i.e. what you stand for, what you will do, and what you won’t do in order to move ahead).
- Write down the names of leaders in your division and company who you have seen launch projects and spearhead campaigns that align with your goals. These are people who you can tell have your same vision of how a department/division/company should be run and who understand what it takes to achieve that vision.
- Now look at your moral code of ethics and put a line through the name(s) of people who have violated or whom you think do NOT share this code.
- Circle the remaining names. These are the people you should reach out to for mentoring, and for being your sponsor in the company.
Many times people think that business strategy means taking advantage of your competition and coworkers. When I use it, I mean the opposite. The best business strategy is simply being very cognizant of what’s going on around you and in the big picture, then aligning yourself with the people who share the same vision and uphold the values you do, thereby moving your career forward as well.
The biggest mistake you can make is to get behind a leader you don’t respect or agree with. Because at the end of the day, no matter how strategic and successful you are, you still have to look at yourself in the mirror every day … and you should be happy with what you see. Next week we’ll talk about how to establish YOURSELF as a leader.
If you like this post please follow me on Twitter: @MarneyReid where I share my favorite leadership and business articles that I find in the publications I enjoy reading.