“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Donald Trump
Everyone wants to be the best of the best. Here are some pieces of advice from top CEO’s around the world. Pay close attention and take notes… you might see your name listed as CEO one day soon!
#1 The Power of Connections
Network. Network. And keep Networking! If you reach out to ask for help or get advice from someone, you obviously trust that person’s opinion. Be sure to keep in contact with them over time. Building these relationships will help you expand your network. Business networking is a very valuable way to learn from others success and also reach new clients.
#2 No One is Perfect
It is not uncommon to look back on a failure in your career and regret making a certain decisions. Why don’t we instead look at that those situations in a positive light by focusing not on the failure, but on what you learned as a result? Take that new intelligence, display it on a whiteboard, and use it to fuel your next project. Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group once said “A setback is never a bad experience, just a learning curve.”
#3 It’s About the Company, Not You
Take care to think and act from the mindset of how your presence will be beneficial to the company rather than how will you make money. Ask yourself questions such as “What can I do to help?” or “How can I make an impact on this company?” If you began to care more about the company and put in some hard work, even when it doesn’t have a personal benefit, you will be able to climb up the corporate ladder faster than you think.
#4 Mentors and Coaches
Surround yourself with great mentors. These people can help you move on when you feel that you’ve reach a plateau in your career, and they can help accelerate your business development and growth by advising you on the things they have learned from their mistakes and successes. Be patient with your coach and take the lessons they are trying to teach you to heart.
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!, says “when you do something you’re not ready to do, that’s when you push yourself and you grow.”
Be innovative and move out of your comfort zone – that is when you will really start to grow up. Don’t be afraid to try something new. When brainstorming for ideas, don’t get stuck on the first one. See if you can discover something completely different and innovative by moving beyond your typical realm.
Even if you are not CEO, there is always a benefit to setting out with the goal of following your passion and working hard. Climbing the corporate ladder is not easy, but every corner office is home to a potentially attainable position. Hopefully these 5 pieces of advice will prove useful to you on your journey to the top.
Jigisha Dalal~Quartet Intern