Build relationships with people you work with on all levels of the corporate ladder to help support your career growth, Adunola Adeshola writes. A work friend at your same level can be a great listener and sounding board, while a senior-level manager can provide career guidance in a different way.
Most job interviewers will ask you common questions to find out "who you are, why you're interviewing at the company and what you will bring to the role," Lillian Childress writes. You'll be more prepared if you practice answers to the common questions, such as, "How do you handle mistakes?" and "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
Overextended teams need planned communication that's concise, accompanied by blocks of uninterrupted work time and occasional breaks to re-energize, writes Naphtali Hoff. "You also might suggest -- and try yourself -- ignoring your email and letting your phone pick up messages during that time," he writes.
Getting to know people and supporting that interaction with data helps leaders grow teams, writes S. Chris Edmonds. "As you embrace proactive relationship management, pay close attention to my 'big three' -- engagement, service, and results," he writes.
Josh Reich, former CEO of online bank Simple, says the industry continues to struggle with helping customers manage their money. "People are really bad at making complex financial decisions, and those choices, when you make them incorrectly, not only penalize in terms of getting suboptimal returns for the customers, but there's a lot of fees that are levied as well," he says.
Former Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr. learned how to ask questions of his employees that resulted in valuable insight. "The boss needs the reputation of seeking the actionable truth, not what you think the boss should want to hear," he said.
Every leader requires competence, commitment, courage and caring, says Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of Army National Military Cemeteries. The bad leaders she's worked with "didn't care, didn't exhibit any confidence in the people around them, didn't underwrite their risk of a potential failure as well as success," she says.
Don't let hearing "no" stop you from seeking new opportunities that could advance your career, writes Lauren McGoodwin, CEO of Career Contessa. Be open to taking a different direction if a new path presents itself.
To pull yourself out of a career rut, spend time with people who motivate you and reach out to networks outside of your usual circle, Ashley Stahl writes. Seek advice from a sponsor, join a mastermind group and consider getting a career coach.
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