Career Satisfaction, or getting as much out of your career as you put in, is tough in today’s job market, but not an unobtainable goal. Whether you’re a Partner within an Accounting Firm, a Sole Proprietor of a Small Business, or a Help Desk Administrator for a Technology Start-up, you should make an effort to establish yourself as an Authority Figure among your peers, as it will add greatly to your overall Career Quality & Career Satisfaction.
Being an Authority Figure creates opportunities, friends, sales, trust, integrity, a sense of pride, and solidifies the very foundation from which you construct your career. “Thought Leadership”, The art of communicating forward-thinking ideas, related to a specific industry or subject matter topic, is the most direct path to obtaining the status of an “Authority Figure” and should be a top priority in your strategy to being successful, and getting the most satisfaction out of your selected Career Path.
This too, is a big part of, overall happiness in life itself, and the positive effect you have on those around you – family, friends, piers, colleagues, clients, even random strangers you might encounter when passing each other at a cross-walk.
So how do you establish yourself as a Thought Leader in today’s world of high-tech Social Mania? Start by following these 10 Steps and you will be well on your way:
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- Create, stabilize, and fortify, you Professional Social Footprint. This consists of having separate online accounts for your professional life, and personal life. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, Instagram, Vine etc.. Create all new accounts and create a private (password protected) Word Document , HTML document, or webpage containing all of the associated URLs, passwords, and usernames associated with the account. There are online applications that do all of this for you such as HootSuite.
- Establish and Organize Key Communication Channels. Create a list or links or a Bookmarks Folder containing Websites or Blogs (outside of the Social Media Networks mentioned in step #1) that focus on issues related to your expertise. Create an account, or register at these sites so you can fully participate in dialog, make comments, offer solutions etc.
- Create a realistic schedule of short (30 min) windows of time for Trolling and Contributing. Try 3 times a week to start. Adjust from there.
- Create a specific time-block each week for acknowledgement of emails and feedback. Answer, reply, and respond! – all of them, every time
- Engage others who excel within your area of weakness. Team up with them to improve your skill-set and share the experience with your professional gateways established in steps #1, and #2. Use the experience as subject matter for your efforts in step #5.
- Follow through completely with conversations, issues, and dialog you have contributed to. Do not drop these issues until you are satisfied with their level of “Complete Resolution”, just like you would in your daily operations at your job.
- Strive to create long-term relationships with every single person you come into contact with in spite of their level of professional status or industry niche.
- Don’t over do it. Be realistic in your time management and don’t let your time spent online interfere with your offline activities and responsibilities.
- Never be smug or sarcastic, text-based conversations are often misread and people do not always “Get it”. Controversy is good, a smart ass loses integrity. When you are faced with a overly tempting opportunity to cut-down an idiotic comment or point-of-view, offer an alternative in perspective as opposed to a sarcastic dose of humiliating humor.