Day 10: Think & operate in systems

In the last 9 days of the challenge, I have made you aware of some very important tools to help you achieve grand career breakthroughs. The challenge with knowing your one BIG THING and followed it up by various tools to manage your perceptions, creating an impact and influence people around. While you would have largely been able to align all of these to help you achieve your one big thing, this last thing I want to talk to you about – thinking and operating in systems; is a game changer. Scott Adams, the creator of the famous comic series Dilbert, says - the people who use systems do better. Goals are for the losers.

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Day 9: Level-up your subordinates

Recall the initial days when you had just joined (be it the recent organisation or the ones in the past). If I am not mistaken, most probably you were left to figure out everything on your own. You figured things out yourself. And while doing so, you felt lost, didn’t you? You were the person who wanted to be helped the most, but the least of it was available. You were struck by the novice paradox. How did you feel? Fast-forward today, let’s assume that someone new joins your team. What is it that you did to ease the person’s inclusion in the team? Did you not leave the person to figure out things on his/her own? Why? Well, on occasions like these or others; largely we allow people to go through the same pain we went through because we believe that is the way it should be. But a leader creates more leaders and not more followers. So today I challenge you to level-up your subordinates to be able to have grand breakthroughs in your career.

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Day 8: Make peers vouch for you

To be able to get ahead in your career, it is imperative that your peers vouch for you. By now, I am sure, you are wondering what I am talking about. But then imagine one of your colleague happens to travel with your boss for some work outside of office. Your boss brings up something that has to do with you. Your boss says you have done a good job. But then your colleague has a different take on that and gets an opportunity to share his/her perspective. And, with this your boss is forced to rethink on the impression s/he has about you. Believe it or not, your colleagues play a vital role in your career growth.

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