Managing Today’s Executive Career

It’s been said that an executive has to schedule his or her strategic priorities lest all the tactical distractions of day-to-day life inside a global corporation push them straight out of sight.

That’s particularly true, and all the more consequential, when we stop to consider just how little discretionary time remains on our respective calendars these days once all the important meetings, conference calls, client meetings and company events are plotted over the course of a week.

There are so many things competing concurrently for your time and attention these days. It would be easy, yet, ultimately, quite regrettable, if we didn’t take time to pause from time to time and see the big picture implications of how our current management roles are setting us up for our future career growth.

Thankfully, some of the most effective investments of time that have long served the best interests of executive careers still resonate. Networking face to face still matters. Staying in touch with former peers, colleagues, subordinates and others is important. And building the trust of mentors is key.

Helping others is also another important element to staying on top of your game and staying sharp and fully aware of your surroundings and the true calling of leadership.

Taking a recruiter’s call and being helpful is another way to cement and extend your influence. Staying true to oneself when difficult decisions suggest taking the easy way out is part of what it takes to create a reputation others will respect. Inspiring others by your own example is also the stuff to get your own career ahead while serving the best interests of your company.

Yet the business of managing today’s executive career requires some new tactics. Staying visible, or at least findable, on business networking sites and in professional or industry trade associations is important. Perhaps a leadership role with a non-profit organisation is beckoning. Maybe it’s the kind of lower-profile leadership that doesn’t need to be seen or publicly acknowledged that you’ll find can make the biggest difference in the lives of others.

Whatever the path, today’s global executive must be mindful that they’re being continually watched and evaluated for their leadership traits, their sense of service and purpose, and what they’re truly made of. These are, after all, the foundational elements of a highly successful leader – and the hallmarks of an amazing career.

If you find yourself “head down”, focused for too long on what’s good for your company, that’s great. But to do so without picking your head up and evaluating the career possibilities that you could one day find rewarding would be time less than well spent.

Remember that nurturing your own career takes time and persistent attention. Building and extending relationships is an important way to create the career in-roads that matter most. And staying connected – or at least findable – to those who may want to seek you out has become a vital test of whether you’re really on top of your game as a global leader.

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