Plowing through Corporate America in a Concrete Jungle
I am from Chicago and make frequent trips to New York, D.C., and other places across the globe. As such, I have seen many concrete jungles where numerous Multi Nationals reside.
What is a concrete jungle? A large city where the architecture looms with tall sky scrapers, a bit of crime, electric energy, many ethnicities, and it seems all are fighting to exist, coexist or go somewhere that is significant to them.
So what is the attraction? Opportunity to create, develop or be a part of a dynamic where movers and shakers make it happen. So how does one plow through a concrete jungle while aspiring to move up the ranks in Corporate America?
FOCUS– begin with clarity. Define what you want/need.
Strategically plan your entrance and exit wherever you go
Equip yourself with tools (resources)- Network
Seek a mentor
Be a mentor
Build a coalition
Surround yourself with people who are on par and smarter than you
Invest in quality presentation tools- clothing, writing instruments, business cards, etc…not too fancy
Read and research everything in the field of your choice
Talk the talk and walk the walk
Always be ready
Be enthusiastic (even on cloudy days)- sometimes the sun doesn’t shine through the tall buildings
Memorize your elevator speech- what do you do Ms. /Mr. Jones? You’re on. ARTICULATE!
Be generous at heart- never lose compassion or empathy for others
Know that Greed is not Good…they are not synonymous terms
Keep your eyes open
Learn from others by observing behaviors and patterns
When the light turns green, GO! Yellow, slow down and proceed with caution. Red, STOP.
Know the Corporate Culture and fit in or don’t bother applying.
Now you are ready to plow through. However, be cognizant of the fact- life is give and take. Be forewarned not to take too much. Reach back and pull someone forward.
All the best- Bridgette