SuperCareero RSS SuperCareero RSS Feed en-us Copyright SuperCareero 2022-01-26T04:29:35+01:00 SuperCareero SuperCareero RSS Feed 3 Ways to Put Your Career on the Fast Track Superheroes naturally show up at the head of the pack. Your natural talents, the skills you’ve developed, and the power of raw determination put you ahead of the competition in business .Getting ahead in business and in your career means getting others to recognize that talent, skill, and determination... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT 5 Key Tactics to Get Your Next Promotion It can be tough to get promoted as a superhero. Sidekicks only rarely replace the hero; just as often, they go off and become villains. Luckily for you, advancing in the world of business is only almost as tough. If you want to get ahead of the others in your field and in your department, you need to know how to get promoted. Getting promoted doesn’t just happen. You need to make it happen... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How to have a Rewarding Career If you ask a superhero, the reward for doing the right thing is simply that: the right thing has been done, and the entire world is better off for it. No one writes the superhero a check for stopping the meteor from hitting Paris, and even the occasional “thank you” from an onlooker can be rare. It’s often the same in your career... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How to Choose a Super Career Path Not every superhero is born with amazing powers. They may acquire them after an epic chemical plant explosion, or they may build a suit that lets them move through solid objects. They all have some sense of natural integrity and determination, however. In the work world, combining your natural talents and inclinations with the skills you’re able to pick up along the way is how you get ahead in your career... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Always Upward – How to improve yourself every single day–how-to-improve-yourself-every-single-day.html If there’s one thing superheroes know it’s that stagnation kills. If the hero doesn’t constantly hone her strategies and powers, eventually the villain is going to figure them out. Likewise, if you want to succeed in business and in life, you need to always be on the lookout for ways to make improvements... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT–how-to-improve-yourself-every-single-day.html How to Take Control of Your Destiny In your career, you have two options: decide where you want to go and work tenaciously to get there, or just go with the flow and let others decide your destiny. No superhero ever sat back and took instructions from bystanders... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power of Interpersonal Influence Superheroes, like all true leaders, have the ability to influence and inspire the people around them. They make a connection with everyone they come in contact with. In business, you’re going to meet a lot of people and have many opportunities for influence. Whether you take advantage of those opportunities and build up those strong interpersonal bonds is up to you. Where to start... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Taking Care of Your Alter Ego Every superhero worth his cape has a secret identity, or at the very least a super ego. That brainy scientist who invented his super-suit is still, at the end of the day, the same kid who grew up on the rough streets of Brooklyn. You, too, need to be able to strike that balance between your personal and professional life. While, like the superhero, you work hard at what you do, you also need those personal outside interests that define you as a person. There are several areas in your personal life you need to devote time to if you’re going to be the best superhero you can be in your career... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Personal Organisation - Organising Skills for Superheroes Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a superhero were completely disorganised? What if, for example, she could never find her mask when it was time to go fight crime? What if he always left his cape in his other briefcase? How effective would that superhero be? In the same way, if you want to be effective at what you do, you need to be organised. Here are some quick tips that will help you get all of your many tasks and responsibilities lined up neatly... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Secrets to Super Productivity Superheroes get results. They don’t always succeed; sometimes, they have to turn around and come back at a problem. But, superheroes always get the job done. By the time any given story arc is done, the superhero has successfully stopped the evil-doer, rescued the bucky young sidekick, and made the streets safe once again for decent people. Successful people do the same thing: they get the job done, and they get it done right. To do that, you need to master the art of productivity... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How to Control Time Most of us don’t have the power to bend the forces of the universe to our will and alter the time stream. As a matter of fact, most of us fall victim to time, allowing the moments to pass in a blazing whirlwind, with very little control over it at all. The business superhero, however, uses her powers of time management to make the most of every moment, get done what needs to be done, and to grow both personally and professionally... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Continual Learning - The Key to Super Growth Successful people don’t stay the same. They continually hone their skills, and they know how to learn from the past. Superheroes train, and they train hard. Today’s sidekick watches the superhero carefully, mastering those abilities, so that tomorrow he can fill that cape. our potential for success is, to a large degree, dependent on your ability to become a lifelong learner... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Superheroes Need Super Track Records When you’re a superhero, you don’t need to develop a stellar resume or boast about your achievements. Your results speak for themselves. Whether it’s saving Metropolis from Lex Luthor yet again, or whether it’s saving your company $1 million in production costs over three years, it’s the results that matter. How you got there – as long as you did it in a way compatible with your company’s policies and core values – doesn’t matter to others. It just matters that you succeeded. At the end of the day, that’s how you get ahead... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Delivering results - Becoming a Technical Master Superheroes are good at what they do. They’re not necessarily good at everything, but there are a core set of skills that they’re the best at. The super-strong hero performs amazing physical feats; the super-smart hero invents technology heretofore unheard of. In the business world, it’s the same. The master attorney knows the law. A master writer knows how to write. A master computer tech keeps the computers and networks humming along quite nicely. These skills – the technical aspect of what you do in your job – are what set you apart... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Delivering Results - Made to Measure What is it that makes you stand out from the pack? What differentiates the superhero from mere mortals? It’s not your innate gifts and strengths, although those things help. At the end of the day, what separates successful people from those who aren’t successful is their ability to learn from their past. Part of being a superhero on the ground is being able to look at your own results... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT 3 Ways to Supercharge Your Influence Success in life - whether you’re talking about your personal life, career, or other areas – is built on your ability to influence others. Having great ideas, a new way to do things, or the answer to a problem doesn’t do much good if you can’t get others to do what needs to be done. While you can’t (and shouldn’t try to) force your will on others, by learning key influence strategies you can make a real impact... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Punch Through Procrastination and Get Things Done There are tons of people out there just content to coast through life, doing only what must be done to get through the day. Now, we’re not judging those folks; they might be perfectly content with what they do. You, however, aren’t that type. Unfortunately, even super-heroes can get distracted. There are tasks you don’t want to do. Mundane tasks. Tasks that aren’t sexy or interesting. Tasks that you want to put off. That’s the difference between you and other folks, though; you aren’t going to put them off. Here are a few ways you can punch through procrastination and get things done... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Developing Your Super-Vision Superheroes rely on heightened senses in order to anticipate the bad guys’ next movements. They can look off into the distance, and spot what’s coming. That lets them react, and react fast. In business, it’s not much different. Successful leaders have the ability to see what’s coming. They then set the tone and direction of their company or their team in order to make the most of every opportunity. Having a powerful vision and sense of purpose lets you inspire those around you and propels you to new heights of success... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Mentoring - Turning Sidekicks into Superheroes One of the most important roles you’ll ever fill in business is that of a mentor. Mentors turn weaklings into prize fighters, sidekicks into superheroes. Being willing to mentor your employees means that you’re putting the business’ needs above your personal career goals, and that you really have the best interest of the company at heart. There are three essential components to mentoring... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Self Belief - The Ultimate Power As any superhero can tell you, there are limits on what you can do. Chances are you can’t outrun a car, and that you don’t have any special precognitive abilities. What you do have, however, is more powerful than both of those. You have the power to accomplish the things you want and need to accomplish in business. The ability to unlock that potential and use that power starts with one thing: self-belief... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Leadership Passion and Performance What would the world be like if superheroes didn’t care? What if they simply clocked in, rescued the occasional run-away train or cat in a tree, and then clocked out? Superheroes help whenever they can, wherever they can. They’re passionate about what they do. That same passion is an important component of your success as a leader, as well. There are five ways in which your passion as a leader will benefit you, your team, and your company... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Motivating Teams Whether you’re leading a team of superheroes or whether you’re the Accounts Payable manager at your company, you’re going to face certain challenges. Teams of every sort are full of egos, diverse motivations, and varying degrees of commitment. Many of those people have superhero-sized egos, too. Bringing a team together for a common purpose is the challenge of every leader... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How Superheroes Make Decisions When that good-looking reporter with a crush on the superhero has been hurdled out of a 75th-story window, there’s no time for a conference call or even second-guessing. The superhero acts fast and he acts decisively. In business, good leaders do the exact same thing. You recognize the point at which a decision needs to be made, and you make it... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Leading by Example Being a good leader, like being a superhero, is about more than just words. You can talk all day long about protecting the innocent, but unless you’re willing to jump in and sock it to the bad guys, you’re no hero. Likewise, you can talk all day about working hard and doing what it takes to make your company succeed, but if you’re not on the ground working hard yourself it’s just empty talk... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Super Strength The ability to leap tall buildings with a single bound pales in comparison to another type of strength: strength of character. When you live your life – personally and professionally – by a set of driving principles, you’re bound for success. Not only will you be productive and successful, but the people around you will, too. Leaders who lack strength of character will ultimately fall, and fall hard... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Trend Tracking and Today’s Superhero One of the reasons that superheroes are so good at what they do is that they’re aware of how the world is changing. Even those superheroes who got their start as ancient Greek gods or who came out of the Norse pantheon are able to adjust to modern ways. The God of Thunder might do well in his alter ego as a computer programmer, for example... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power of Market Analysis Superheroes tend to have a realistic view of their abilities. Some superheroes are best at taking down drug lords; some fight super-villains; other superheroes deal with threats on more of a planetary level. Understanding where you can make the most difference is key to success for a superhero, but it’s also key to success in business... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Most Important Lesson Superheroes aren’t perfect. They often fail. As a matter of fact, the traditional superhero storyline goes something like this: villain does something evil, superhero confronts villain and loses. Superhero regroups and gets help or identifies the villain’s weakness. Superhero confronts villain and wins. It’s that middle step that successful business heroes have learned to master... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Negotiation: The First Solution Negotiation should always be your first, and preferred, solution to a problem. There are at least four sets of people with whom you’re going to negotiate as an entrepreneur. Each has their own unique needs, and each situation should be approached in a different manner Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Efficient Hero As an entrepreneur, there are many specific aspects to your business that need your attention every day. There are tasks, both grand and mundane, that you have to devote time to doing. If you’re going to be as effective as possible, you need to find ways to systematize some of those business processes. Systems thinking is critical to the business superhero... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power of Research An entrepreneur needs to be able to dig through a high volume of data in order to discover real opportunities. Just like the superhero might need to employ a high-tech satellite to look for heat signatures that identify the villain’s underground lair, so the entrepreneur needs to be able to use specific data-gathering tools to make her business work... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Why People Love Superheroes The successful entrepreneur can truly be a superhero. An entrepreneur identifies a need and offers it to people who want to have that need met. The successful entrepreneur adds value for their customers. You need to grasp exactly how value works if you’re going to provide it... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Identifying Opportunities - Seeing Through the Disguise One thing superheroes are good at is knowing what’s going on around them. They have the ability to use x-ray vision to see through disguises to know what the bad guys are up to, or they have super-hearing that tells them when a bank is being robbed 10 blocks away. They’re hyper-aware of the opportunities around them... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Problem Solving: What Superheroes Really Do People love superheroes because they do one thing: they solve problems. In particular, they use their unique powers and abilities to solve problems that everyday people can’t solve. If you want to be a success in business, you need to do the very same thing... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How to Exercise your Creative Powers Exercising your creative powers means doing certain things. It means training yourself to question the status quo. It means identifying how things should be, rather than how they are. It means recognizing opportunities. Most of all, however, it means thinking in new ways... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Your Secret Super-Weapon When you think about all of the tools and powers you can use in business, you probably go right to the obvious ones: people skills, decision-making ability, communication, leadership, and the like. There is a powerful secret weapon at your disposal, however, that you need only recognize. This secret weapon can be used to empower your team and your business, reward success, and propel you forward... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Powerful Potential of Analytical Skills The ability to visualize, express, and critique a complex problem is essential to success in business. You need to be able to look at a given situation, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and then formulate a solution or approach to the situation. Superheroes need to understand exactly how the villain intends to blow up the mall in order to stop it. That requires analytical skills... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How to Be a Tech Hero Being able to manage, retrieve, analyze, and move information around are key in almost any profession. Accordingly, you need to possess some serious technical powers to do your job on a daily basis. Those skills can differ greatly from one job to the next; a world-class accountant needs very different tech skills than a world-class project manager... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Saving the Day at the Expense of the City Today, when the X-Men roll into New York, you can be sure at least one full city block is going to be laid to waste. Minimizing the collateral damage is now something superheroes have to worry about, and it’s no different in business. In business, we call this process risk management and risk mitigation... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How Networking Boosts your Career and your Company Even the best superheroes need a little boost from time to time. Whether it’s the dashing, brawny hero who needs a ride to get to the moon to defeat the aliens, or whether it’s the team of heroes who shore up each other’s weaknesses, we all need a boost. Whether you’re talking about peer networking or community networking, it can be the boost you need to propel yourself and your company forward. Here are some of the specific ways that networking helps you and your company... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT From Mild-Mannered Accountant to Superhero A key aspect of corporate and business life is finance. Even if you’re not in the finance department, you need to be concerned with a variety of financial concerns. From share valuations to capital investment and asset management, the business superhero needs to master certain financial concepts and skills. There are two core financial areas you need to attune yourself to: long-term finance and short-term finance... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT How Marketing Powers Your Business Every superhero – and every business – has a source of power. For superheroes it might be an innate genetic mutation, exposure to some environmental hazard, or even a technological advantage. For businesses, that source of power is marketing. Marketing separates successful businesses from failed businesses. It’s the way you connect with your potential customers, and the way you get the word out. While marketing practices have changed over the years, some of the basic principles have remained the same for generations... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Super Sales Ability Business skills are like superpowers. Some people are born with them; other people acquire them along the way. Sales is one of those areas that comes easy for some, but that others have to work hard to develop. A flashing meteorite may not give you amazing sales talent, but you can still master certain skills. If you want to have super sales ability, here are the skills you need to hone... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Achieving Goals What separates the successful person from the average person? What is it about the superhero that puts her above ordinary citizens? It’s not her super powers. Plenty of villains have super powers, too. It’s her integrity, her dedication to helping others, and her ability to set and achieve goals. It’s that third aspect – setting and achieving goals – that we want to talk about here... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Thinking Big, Planning Big Developing a corporate strategy is a herculean task that requires every ounce of the business superhero’s power. Setting the tone for a company, identifying the company’s mission and goals, and creating guiding principles are major feats. But, just as the superhero often has to create a galaxy-shaking plan in order to keep the world safe, so you need to create a world-shaking corporate strategy... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power to Conceive Superheroes are good at what they do, in part, because they can see the big picture. They use their super-hearing to discover when a burglar is breaking into someone’s home, or they use their superior vision to see the terrorist planting a bomb. They’re able to separate the important information around them from the rest of the noise. In business, this ability is called “conceptual thinking,” and successful people learn to master it. The secret of conceptual thinking is this... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power to Think Big Do you have the power to think big? Can you scale up your imagination, and look around and look forward? Superheroes have the ability to see things not only as they are, but to see things as how they can and should be. A superhero might see a city with no drug lords, or a planet safe from outside intruders. In the same way, the successful person has the ability to look at her company and see things from a much larger perspective... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Becoming a Master of Change Management Today’s businesses need to adapt in order to stay ahead of the competition. Just like a superhero dashes into the alley to transform into his hero alter ego, you need to be able to turn things around fast, and manage that process well. The days when companies strove for predictability and stability are gone; instead, corporate culture is constantly shifting. It’s shifting so constantly and rapidly that we’ve even come up with a name for the ability to handle it: change management. If you want to make your mark, you need to be a true master of change management... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Flawless Project Management Superheroes need to not only be willing to stop the mugger accosting the elderly lady on the street, they need to be able to take down the big bad guys. That takes some serious project management. Poor project management will kill a career faster than you can say “over budget.” In fact, some people avoid taking the reins of a project, knowing that failure will certainly spell the end of their job (if not their career). Superheroes, however, aren’t afraid of a little project management. They use their highly-honed skills and astute insights to take a project on, see it through, and see it done right... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT With Great Power Harry Truman had it right when it comes to leadership. The buck has to stop somewhere, and if you’re going to be a true superhero it should stop with you. The fact that you’re the one with the super powers means it’s up to you to keep the Earth from plunging into the sun. We’re talking about the idea of ownership. When you’re assigned a task or a project, or when an issue comes up that you’re involved with, ownership is what separates heroic people from average men and women... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Delegation and the Superhero Manager You might be a business superhero, but you’re not immortal. You might very well have the ability to do it all, but you don’t have the time. Even if you tried, you’d burn out faster than you can say “The Flash.” True heroes know that, to really get things done, you need to delegate. Delegation is as much an art as it is a science, however, and what seems obvious when it comes to delegation isn’t always the right approach. Here are some ways you can accomplish superhero tasks by spreading the workload around... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Power to Read Minds Getting ahead in business and in life doesn’t always require super powers, but it sure helps. One of the most important skills you can develop is the ability to understand what people are thinking. No, we’re not talking about ESP or mind-reading (although those might be useful, as well). We’re talking about basic psychology. We’re talking about understanding how the human mind works and leveraging that knowledge. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Heroes and People Management Superheroes are natural leaders. People flock to them. That’s part of the reason superheroes need secret identities. Being able to get people to do their jobs, do them well, and do them in line with an organization’s principles and policies is a herculean task. So many managers are little more than babysitters, and others just seem to want to micromanage. People management is a skill that very few people ever really learn, and even fewer master. There are several areas in which a superhero leader needs to focus on people management... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Communication and your Audience Anytime a superhero saves the city, there’s an audience around to watch. While superheroes don’t play to their audience, they are keenly aware that people are watching. The newspaper reporter with an axe to grind, for example, can turn an entire city against the hero. In business, your audience is even more important. There are people you communicate with day in and day out. From vendors to coworkers to employees and more, there are some basic principles of audience management that should guide your communications... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Mightier than the Sword In business, using the right words at the right time in the right way can mean the difference between higher productivity, morale, and sales or complete and utter failure. The written word is perhaps even more powerful than the spoken word, because the written word persists long after the spoken word vanishes. Accordingly, your business writing needs to be super. There are three characteristics of super business writing that you need to master... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Being a Superhero on Stage The most effective superheroes are able to appeal to the public, and often need the public to help them defeat the villain. In business, you’re often called on to address large groups of people in a public speaking venue, and it’s up to you do come out of the experience inspiring confidence and support, just like the superhero does. There are three essential components to being a superhero on stage: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Developing Your Super-Hearing Superheroes are able to respond to emergencies because they can hear them happening from miles away. In your professional life, learning to develop another sort of super-hearing in the form of listening skills can help you, and your company, get a head. Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Well-Rounded Superhero Paradoxically, if you allow your career to consume your entire life you will fail miserably in your career. You need to be able to focus both on yourself as an individual and on your outside interests if you want to succeed... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Entrepreneurs Are Superheroes Most people go through life wishing they could make a difference. Superheroes – and entrepreneurs – actually make one. While every entrepreneur is unique (that’s part of what makes them good entrepreneurs) they have some common skills and characteristics... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Tools from the Superhero Arsenal: Innovation One of the reasons that superheroes are able to defeat villains is because they can see several steps ahead. They have the ability to look at the situation and design a solution that the villain would never anticipate. Whether it’s using super-cold eye rays to freeze the water around the villain’s submarine or whether it’s coming up with a faster, cheaper way to make golf gloves, innovation means power... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The View from Above Sometimes, a superhero needs to just get away. She needs to fly high above the city, and assess what’s really going on. Maybe she’ll notice that there is a new mafia kingpin expanding his domain. Maybe she’ll see that the evil genius has large shipments of electronic equipment arriving at the docks. Once she’s tuned into the latest development, she needs to start planning... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Well-Rounded Business Superhero Being a business superhero means being proficient with and fluent in many areas. While your areas of specialty will vary – some heroes have super strength, some can fly, others can levitate objects with their minds – there are core business skills you need to understand and be able to perform sufficiently... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT The Superhero Manager When you’re a superhero, you have to make hard calls. Do you save the paperboy or do you save your sidekick? Being a manager means being willing to make the hard calls. It means being accountable to those both above and below you. It means getting people to do the things that need to be done, following through on projects, seeing your company through various changes, and more.... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Delivering Superhero Results The thing is this: superheroes deliver. They do what they say they’re going to do, and they do it when they say they’ll do it. Not only that, superheroes do it in the best possible fashion... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Becoming a Communication Superhero Some superheroes just have a knack for communicating. Granted, for some it’s the ability to communicate with fish, or perhaps with plants. As a business superhero, however, your task can be even more challenging: communicating with others in the workplace... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT Superhero Leadership Every group of superheroes has a leader. Sometimes, it’s explicit, like the scientist whose experiments forever transformed his family into super-powered freedom fighters. Sometimes it’s implicit, like the immortal that can’t be killed working alongside the heroes in power armor. Whether you’re the CEO of the company or whether you’re the one in your department everyone looks to for problem-solving, you need to be at the top of your leadership game... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:25:40 GMT