Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Love the Job You're In

Magazine article Management Today

Career Masterclass: Love the Job You're In

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- Be proactive. Don't wait for the best projects to come to you. If the CEO's new initiative gets your adrenaline pumping, get involved. If you can't find a project that excites you, create one.

- Find fun. Blur the work/life boundaries. Is a challenging meeting so different from a debate over dinner?

- Join a new gang. Colleagues can make or break a job. Love people still keen to learn? Volunteer to help with induction.

- Fed up of naysayers? Befriend the office innovator. Ignore anyone who brings you down.

- Discover your drivers. Write down the best aspects of your job (working alone, negotiating), then consider why you enjoy them (freedom, the thrill of closing). Once you understand what drives you, you can start turning the daily slog into your dream job.

Be selfish. Once a week, ignore deadlines, flout strategic priorities - delegate if you need to - and spend the day doing something that excites you. The company won't collapse (we promise) and the boost to your performance will last for days.

- Switch your vocabulary. Instead of 'I manage the dreaded customer complaints process', try, 'I convert sceptics into loyal advocates'. …

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