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These 3 career tips will move you ahead March 16, 2010

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Executive and leadership coach John M McKee has helped a lot of people move their career forward while others stalled and fell by the wayside.  In today’s Veracity Blog, he shares 3 of his favorite tips for career success.

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Career Tip #1: Results = Rewards. There will be times it seems that form and process are the most important things in your company and consequently to your boss. They aren’t.

Over thirty years, I don’t recall a single person getting a monster bonus at year’s end or awesome promotion for following the company’s process better than the rest of us. Over the long run, great rewards and promotions go to the one who gives great results.

Career Tip #2 Face time works to your benefit. So your boss is incompetent; & doesn’t have a clue about the company, your job or even his own. Do you really have to waste more your time meeting with him (or her)? Yes, absolutely. And it’s not a waste.

It’s actually smart to spend time with your superior. Don’t rely solely on email or voicemail. Your boss probably receives too many electronic messages already. And while it seems like efficient time management to communicate through email or voicemail, it does little good for your career if (s)he doesn’t know much about you beyond the role you perform.

Go out of your way to talk to the boss about your responsibilities and accomplishments in person. Leave it to everyone else to fill up the boss’ in-boxes.

Career Tip #3: A good listener is hard to find. Recognize that all bosses expect to be heard and then have their directions followed. So – “Listen, listen, listen. And remember that you have two ears and one mouth for a good reason.”

Don’t be one of those misguided types who debates everything they’re instructed to do. After the first 1 or 2 times, it doesn’t show anyone how smart you are. It just becomes tiresome. If this is tough at times, keep in mind that someone else in your company is ready and willing to listen to the boss. Better it’s you.

Here’s to your Future!

–   john

Interested in more tips and career advice?  Check out John M McKee’s weekly blog on CBS Interactive’s Tech Republic.

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