Working hard and producing results is certainly a necessary condition to advance in your career. But does it also suffice?
Based on my experience, and unfortunately in contrast to Mr. Parker's statement below, careers very rarely take care of themselves. That's the exception. The rule is that career success is a function of performance and perception.
If you do great work but decision makers in your organization are not aware of your performance, you maybe have contributed greatly to the organization but not your career.
If you want to not only produce quality work but also get promoted, you need to master the art of Perception Management.
To be very clear here: I am not talking about bragging. But as a former boss of mine said: "you need to do good work and talk about it."
If you want to know more read Success = Performance x Perception, Trap #3 That Can Sabotage Your New Executive Career — The Goals You Don’t Even Know Exist, or contact me for a complimentary consultation on how you can improve your Perception Management and emerge as a leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
I decided early on in my career that Amway would take good care of me. If I worked hard, and I produced results, and I was able to contribute in a way that made our business better, I trusted that over time my career would take care of itself