Most people are dreamers, maybe not in the most creative ways but definitely in the ambitious and career oriented way. However, most people find it hard to develop and implement their skill set to an optimum level and do not match the skill competency assessment by the higher management for a promotion. There are a number of do’s and don’ts to keep your skill set at optimum levels that will check off the Lominger competency model that most organizations use as a measure to analyze effectiveness on the job.
Management’s Core Competency List
- Focus: People often are in a career path but don’t know where it is taking them and they feel almost as if their careers are an obligation. Make no mistake your company is not obligated to push you up the ladder if you don’t try to make the climb for yourself. Focus on your career by making short and long term goals for yourself in your organization. Try to become action oriented and make hard work your best friend and challenges as the obstacles to jump over.
- Realistic ambitions: If you hope to be at the top in a year when you have just begun your career, you are ought to be disappointed. The key competency skills that are required to be on top require maturity, experience or if not, atleast some winning medals before your ambition reaches great heights. Understand you higher management’s core competency list of requirements and work towards improving and proving yourself in those particular areas. Make short term goals and take one step at a time while excelling in each of those steps.
- Be open to advice: We often shy away from being in the receiving end to advice but however, a sure shot way to find out the path to get higher on your ambition scale is to take advice from somebody who is already there or maybe higher. Clear your doubts about the key competency skills required for the job you want from the person currently on the job and understand what it took for them to get there. Understand their drive, their struggles and analyze yourself to fit into their shoes.
- Market yourself as a brand: Modesty is extremely important in the process of marketing yourself; however, unless you believe in yourself and make yourself vocal about it, the higher management may miss out on you while giving out huge opportunities. Take the centre stage at important presentations, become the go-to person during crises, get innovative with tasks and show your worth that will impact the checks in the management’s core competency list.
- Make sacrifices: Sacrifices don’t have to be emotional or bleeding of drama; no starvation required here! Making sacrifices essentially means to prioritize your schedule and leave out the inconsequential things that don’t play a part in your self-improvement. Most people do the bare minimum to get home to catch a season finale of their favorite series and this is going to have a negative impact on you when the management assess’ your performance in accordance to the management’s core competency list. Create a balance of your work and personal life and make significant changes in your personal life which will make a greater impact on your attitude towards things that really matter.
- Research: At the blink of an eye, a new technology is discovered or invented. In this era, it is hard yet essential to keep up with the world. Learn about new things and understand how it works because before you know it, it is somehow connected to your work. Your colleagues are getting younger by the years, but you somehow aren’t and you don’t want to seem old school. Knowledge about new technologies will put you up the game and the willingness to learn and implement new things and methods into our work is a key competency skill by itself that will increase your appeal to the higher management.
- Comfort: “I have been working at the same company for years and my boss is getting retired in a year and I just can’t wait”. That sentence has so much wrong in it; starting with you being in the same company for years, chances are that you have found yourself in a comfortable place. That isn’t always helpful, especially when the management has a constant hawk eye on their core competency list and you, your work and your behavior. Constant surveillance is being taking place as you walk into work every morning. You must make lateral decisions, get out of your comfort zone and actively participate in key tasks in your organization. Secondly, don’t wait around for somebody to leave to fill in their shoes, instead, demand your place up the ladder by fulfilling all the qualities the management is looking for according to their standard core competency lists. Play hard, take pride in leading and make unpopular yet right choices. Be the professional your peers and your boss look up to in times of a crisis and take part in straight forward and difficult debates; these qualities will help you put yourself on top of the list in the next key skill assessment in your organization.
- Relationship with Higher Management: If you have problems with authority, you are going to have a very big problem building your career in an organization. Forming a relationship with the higher management or some key people in the higher management is important to not only be noticed in the crowd of your organization, but also, to get on their good books! You are more likely to get insider tips from your boss’s on what exactly they are looking for and maybe even coached or mentored for the job you want. The opinions of the higher management really matter because they are the people maintaining the management’s core competency lists; take criticisms with a pinch of salt, take their advice on your thoughts, career ambitions and concerns and find out what they think of you. Use all the information you collect from your higher authorities and put in to good use to improve yourself to be recognized as an employee with key skills during employee assessments.
- Creativity: You might have a job that requires the least amount of creativity in the literal sense. However, the ability to connect the dots when nobody else could will set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Try to be innovative to make things work in your way and this ability will not just be noticed but also make you a unique and an important employee with qualities that satisfy some of the requirements on the management’s core competency list.
By keeping in mind these competencies from Lominger’s model, you can match the management’s core competency list and be effective on the job.