50 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career

Have you set professional goals to help shape your career?

Here are 50 ideas to spark actions plans for improvement.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our first crack at a list in no particular order.  What will you do?

1.  Create a Professional Reading List

2.  Join a Professional Association

3.  Find Someone to Mentor

4.  Find a Professional Mentor for Yourself

5.  Write Out Your Professional Goals and Post Where You Can See Them

6.  Commit to monthly or quarterly one-on-ones with each of your employees

7.  Get a Professional Certification or Finish Your Degree

8.  Join a Local Professional Networking Group

9.  Sign up For Volunteer Work

10. Be Appointed to A Board Of Directors (Corporate or Charitable Organization)

11. Attend Regular Networking Group Functions

12. Volunteer for Speaking Engagements at Trade Shows & Universities

13. Identify One Thing You Don’t Like to Do or are Not Good At & Create an Action Plan to Improve on it.

14. Focus More on the Life Portion of the Work/Life Equation

15. Exercise Regularly for stress relief, good health & clarity of mind.

16. Make a Concerted Effort to “Exceed Expectations” in Everything You Do

17. Keep a Journal and Reflect on Successes & Failures

18. Set & Review Monthly Goals: Measure Success

19. Define and Review Your Career Objectives: What do you want to be when you grow up?

20. Network Internally Within Your Organization: Get to know co-workers & others.

21. Review Career Opportunities Within Your Organization & Externally

22. Define or Develop a Hobby Outside of Work

23. Volunteer For Something At Work: lead a project or join a committee

24. Access Career Counseling From a University or Career Coach

25. Create a Calm Personal Life

26. Focus Your Time on Friends as Opposed to Your Enemies

27. Grow Your Professional Network

28. Seek Out Others That Need Help/Support and Actually Help Them

29. Limit Using Email as a form of Communication. Utilize Face-to-Face/Phone to Communicate & Email to Inform

30. Make Meetings Meaningful with an Official Start, End, Objectives, Actions & Accountability

31. Use an Action Item List to Track & Communicate Deliverables

32. Be Positive in Everything You Do

33. Listen More, Speak Less: Develop Active Listing Skills

34. Focus on Over Communicating to Ensure Everyone Understands You

35. Perfect What You Are Supposed To Do Before Asking For New Responsibly

36. Support the Efforts of Your Boss

37. Take a Class Or Participate in a Webinar

38. Update Your Wardrobe to Look & Feel Good

39. Learn More About Your company

40. Learn More About Your Own Customers

41. Seek Opportunities to Develop & Utilize Your Leadership Skills

42. Meet With Your Company’s Key Accounts.

43. Update/Refine Your Resume

44. Learn More About Your Company’s Competitors

45. Do Homework Before Meetings

46. Take the Time to Fully Understand Financial Reporting & Key Metrics (ask for training on these documents)

47. Give Thanks and Credit to Others: Go out of your way to do it.

48. Take a Class on Public Speaking

49. Actively Delegate to Your Employees & Your Boss

50. Subscribe to Blogs & Newsletters to Stay Up To Date on Your Industry & in Your Profession

This list is just a start to trigger ideas for your own professional development.  What will you do differently in 2014?  Please post here and keep us updated on your progress.  Let us know if we can help in any way.

 

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Written by Lisa Woods, President Lisa Woods Consulting & Founder of ManagingAmericans.com

Lisa is a dynamic business leader & author located in Western New York with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world. Today she partners with business leaders to understand their vision, identify internal and external roadblocks, define a practical strategic path forward and guide a successful transformation. This work includes strategy definition & goal setting, organizational design, facilitating team buy-in, establishing visual metrics, internal and external research studies, business feasibility assessments, and investor insight into organizational strength, weakness & strategic opportunity. She helps business leaders drive growth & increase profits.

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