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The Career Manifesto

While organizing the ever-growing paper tower on my desk, I came across a printout of The Career Manifesto, the brainchild of Michael Wade of ExecuPundit. Although I had a problem with a couple of his points, Wade’s manifesto has rock-solid advice that could very well change your definition of business success and what it takes to achieve it. Below are my top five:

1. You are paid to take meaningful actions, not superficial ones. Don’t brag about that memo you sent out or how hard you work. Tell us what you achieved.

2. Although your title may be the same, the job that you were hired to do three years ago is probably not the job you have now. When you are just coasting and not thinking several steps ahead of your responsibilities, you are in dinosaur territory and a meteor is coming.

3. Your technical skills may impress the other geeks, but if you can’t get along with your co-workers, you’re a litigation breeder. Don’t be surprised if management regards you as an expensive risk.

4. Don’t believe what the organization says it does. Its practices are its real policies. Study what is rewarded and what is punished and you’ll have a better clue as to what’s going on.

5.If you plan on showing them what you’re capable of only after you get promoted, you need to reverse your thinking.

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