We spoke to about “Accidental Career” & “Addictive Career” and strengths in the previous blogs. Selecting right career and knowing strengths is just the beginning of the “Game”. Right career path, passion & strengths are just not sufficient to win the game. We need to know what it takes to win the game.
I believe most people did not knew what it takes to win the game when they have started their careers. When I entered into corporate sector I had no idea what is needed to be successful. I was told and believed that if I have good “technical” skills and hard working nature then I can “grow” very easily. This was the case for first few years. Then I learnt that these are not enough and I need to have team management skills along with other two skills. Fast forward, suddenly I was told you need to “align” with right people and “sell” your work, etc. Then networking, politics and then power plays. None of these are neither good or bad. These are all essentials if you have to win whether you like it or not.
Let me quickly introduce game of cricket as analogy here. Assume that you need 11 players to play and win the game. In our context, 11 players can be technical competency, hard working, team management, networking skills, internal selling own and others work ;), alignments, political maneuvering skills, etc etc. And based on the pitch (company for e.g) your players need to changed to suit to the pitch conditions.
Do you know what are the 11 players (competency/skills) you need to win in your pitch (company)?. If so what is score?
I will introduce CSQ ( Career Success Quotient) tomorrow to measure your score.