Career management isn't just a nice-to-do, it's a must do, if you expect to gain maximum success and happiness from the hours you invest in work. Face it, you are likely going to work 40 hours a week for your entire adult life. Why not make them the best 40 hours that you can create?

  • Work On Goals That Matter

It is difficult to get ahead when you don’t care about your daily work. Pursuing exciting goals is one of the key insights . In the career context, you will probably receive annual goals from your employer (or client). If these goals fail to excite you, then set at least one goal to advance your career this year. If you don’t have stimulating goals, it will be difficult to muster the enthusiasm needed to get ahead.

  • Find Out What Training You Need and Pursue It

People often talk about the importance of having a mentor, and this is one of the reasons. Find a coworker who currently has the position you're targeting and ask, “What do I need to do to end up where you are?” Listen, and do those things. Some of that training may include work experience, and some may come from classroom learning.

  • Maintain Focus on Results Rather Than Time

Many of us start our careers earning money as a hourly wage. Unfortunately, that early experience means you start equate `time worked`with `value created.` Nothing could be further from the truth. If you sit in your chair and stair out the window for an hour, the company lost money (and your reputation may take a hit).

  • Develop Conflict Management Skills

In the world of career advancement, you will face conflict. It is a fact that other people have different goals and interests: those differences often lead to conflicts. Unsuccessful people tend to struggle with conflicts. Instead, recognize that you can learn conflict resolution techniques to work through these problems. Handling conflict with confidence is a hall mark of executives and many other highly successful people.

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