Professional Development

Bump to the Next Professional Level!

Today’s tips apply to any job you are currently performing. These are surefire ways to get the positive attention and recognition to be seen as someone who deserves a raise and promotion — like you.

Be a Boss

First, be the authority in whatever you are doing.

You might hear me say this often but being the authority in whatever you are practicing allows people to trust your opinion no matter the topic.

This requires you to do your homework, know your job, and practice expressing concepts about your job. Think about this for a second, if you know your job in-and-out it’s more likely that you will be trusted to supervise that position — therefore making you more money and deserving of a promotion.

Another scenario is if you are the authority more people will come to you seeking advice and help. That’s because you know and express the topic better than anyone else in your field.

Stop Doing Everything on Your Own

Next, (and this one is REALLY hard for woman) is to delegate! 

Most of us experience this everyday wherein we want something done and feel like its easier to do it ourselves. But by doing it ourselves we never get the help we need to do more of what we are really good at.

An Al-anon saying is “Don’t do for others what they can do for themselves.” This is hard to practice, but when we delegate we have the freedom to do what we were meant to do.

For example, at my business I handle paying about 20 providers every two weeks. This took about 6-8 hours of work a month. I felt there was no one else to help me and it created many, many early mornings and a lot of stress. After three years I randomly asked one of my employees if they would like the added responsibility because he had already shown proficiency in other areas. He said “Yes,” and the rest is history!

I still manage payroll but I am not “doing payroll.” This has allowed me to see more patients and work on the things that I went to school to do.

So starting today look for opportunities to delegate!

Follow Through

Finally, and this is a life lesson personally and professionally, do what you say you are going to do.

I probably learned this lesson from my son more than professionally, but it transfers to all areas of life. My son would never let me off the hook if I committed to something. As a result, I know to use discretion when I commit to do something. After all, you want your colleagues and your management to know that you are a reliable person.

People who follow-through are predictable, consistent, reliable, and respected. This is a definite way to move up in whatever job you are doing!

So if you have a meeting at 1pm, you show up ready by 1pm. If you say you will have a project completed in 1 week then you do.

Doing what you say you are going to do applies to both little things and big things. This also crosses all professional lines, meaning you could be a cook, janitor, CEO, or attorney and doing what you say you are going to do creates success.

So as you go through your day look for three opportunities to be the authority, to delegate, and to do what you say you are going to do!

I hope you found today’s topic helpful. And, if you have tips on bumping to the next professional level please let us know all about it.

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