‘Value needs to be your key word,’ Michelle says. ‘Deliver it by constantly seeking to improve yourself, the value you bring to your work and how you work with those around you.’
Find a clear vision
‘Be clear on the value you offer your organisation in terms of your capability, skills and always deliver on your commitments,’ Michelle says.
A day job that doesn’t stretch you won’t increase your prospects – so Michelle says it’s vital to keep learning new things.
‘This includes being willing to take on feedback from people, including sponsors, mentors, colleagues and peers,’ she says.
To get ahead, those at the top need to know who you are.
‘Stand out from the crowd by knowing what you stand for so you can ensure there is alignment between your values and the organisation’s values,’ Michelle advises.
Sometimes we all need to be honest with ourselves about our flaws and Michelle says there’s no need to shy away from acknowledging them
‘Undertake self-reflection so you continue to reflect on your behaviour and thought patterns, helping you to gather new insights and deeper understanding about yourself, and your impact on others,’ she advises.
Network, network, network
Yes it’s daunting but getting on the radar of your peers is vital to business success.
‘Build a profile and a strong stakeholder network where you are known for something, are respected and have a strong network of people willing to speak for you,’ Michelle says.
Take time out
You can’t be at peak performance in the boardroom if you’re feeling under the weather or stressed out so Michelle says looking after your health is paramount to success.
‘Look after yourself both physically and mentally,’ Michelle says. ‘Today’s work environment is stressful and it’s important to be able to regulate behaviour and manage stress.’
Stay up to date
‘Continue to stay abreast of changes in the industry and your chosen profession,’ Michelle advises, explaining it helps to widen your frame of reference about what is possible. ‘Also look at developments in other industries that may impact,’ she says.
Michelle Gibbings is a career expert and founder of Change Meridian. She is the Author of ‘Step Up: How to Build Your Influence at Work’.