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If you want to get ahead in your career in 2012 it's vital that you have a plan. It shouldn't be complicated - this is actually why most plans fail.
In fact it's far better if it's not. Here's a 4 Step process sure to take you to the top!
First up, think about your BHAG for the year. What's a BHAG? A Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
Your BHAG might have nothing to do with work. Perhaps your BHAG, like my friend Lisa, is to run a marathon in 2012.
Maybe you want to be promoted at work.
Whatever your BHAG, think BIG and think AUDACIOUS!
Next, ask yourself what 3 outcomes you absolutely need to ensure to see your BHAG is met. Say your goal, as it is for many of our clients, is to get promoted this year. Your three outcomes might be to:
1. Ensure I am known to key senior decision makers
2. Have an opinion and make sure it is heard in meetings
3. Find out what POs (performance outcomes) I need to meet to enable me to argue my case for a promotion
Create a table with your three outcomes in the left column. Then divide your table into 4 columns with each one representing a quarter (January-March for example).
Lastly, decide on what actions you need to take each quarter to ensure each of your outcomes is met... and stick your plan somewhere obvious, where you'll see it every day.
And then TAKE ACTION! Without that, you have nothing!