Professional growth: things change so rapidly that you must develop the skills and learn the information that will continue to make you an asset to your customers or clients.
Learn from success stories. Learn about the changes people are making to become successful. Additionally, learn about the needs that people have for new goods and services. Start with the customer and develop the ability to give them what they need.
Find out what or who is failing. Additionally, find out why these businesses or people are failing. Are they making mistakes that you can avoid? Do you need to do things differently from these businesses or people? Are they failing because the needs of their customers or clients are changing? Or, perhaps, they are failing because their methods or business model can no longer provide the goods and services to the customers or clients. Look for new ways of doing things to fill the void that these people once filled.
Be Strategic About Your Professional Growth
A tactical approach to your career is how you work and make decisions each day. A strategic approach is how you manage your career for long-term success. To draw an analogy, a company may build a facility to make the products they will sell this year. However, the company may already be looking ahead to what products they will make in future. Towards that end, they lay out a plan for building a facility that meets the requirements for future products.
Therefore, you should take time to lay out a plan for developing skills on which you can build new skills. With these new skills, you may become more versatile and more effective as your career grows. For example, you may be developing the skills to manage a project. Thinking strategically, you may focus on learning to manage projects that will grow and, as they grow, create the need for higher levels of management. So, you also focus on developing skills that empower you to move into those higher levels of management.
Professional Growth Challenge
Challenge yourself to find sources of information that will keep you informed on your need for professional growth. Trade journals, business websites, daily news, and Internet forums can provide you with information on changes that affect your business or your career. Additionally, develop a network of winners who can help you know what you need to learn or what changes you must make.