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CORPORATE LIFE By Lango Deen ldeen@ccgmag.com


DARE TO SOAR


re you ready to soar but feel held back personally and professionally? Do you see yourself as somewhat limited in your career or that you’ve gone as far as you can in your current position? You’re making improvements, but you’re just not in the mode you want to be. Now what?


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In a recent Career Communications Group seminar, we probed senior-level executives in the defense industry on career growth, advancement, strategies, and direction. Running throughout their responses were a few major characteristics. They included knowing who you are, what you stand for, your contribution to the organization, and how to bring your skills to the table.


Each one of us has to be responsible and accountable for our career growth, but we don’t have to do it alone. In many cases, being able to share with someone — here’s what I’m trying to do, what I’m thinking about — can provide invaluable perspective. The same people that were part of the team that made the call to you about the role you’ve been in for 11 months, 2 years, or 4 years can help. You did not get here all by yourself. The fact that you’re interested in moving actually puts your name in the minds of people when they’re hiring for a position. There are lots of opportunities out there, so seize the moment and soar!


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The executives all seem to agree that things aren’t always crystal clear. Mentors, sponsors, and champions can help bring you along, but a lot of it has to do with one decision you have to make for yourself: “Is this the right job for me at this time, and can I commit to that?”


Making it a point to understand a little more about the organization and how your team interacts with this group or that helps prepare you for opportunities. Being flexible is also a plus as well as showing an interest in and a willingness to take on lateral assignments with different responsibilities. The broader the experiences you have, the better.


“In my 12 years, I’ve had 14 bosses. I’ve learned the good, the bad, and the ugly from them. The best leaders are those able to be on the team and know how to collaborate across the organization.”


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