Good advice from CommPro blog on tuning up your career management skills for 2012. Many of us have heard these things before. It's a good reminder to review. The difference is putting these items in action and pushing for results in these domains.
I made my own list building off theirs
1. Take responsibility. - Don't blame the previous assignee, other teams, or factors. Just get it done.
2. Have a career strategy. - technical vs management, long-term vs short-term
3. Your goals vs. company’s goals. - are they complimentary? the harmonious place will be where both benefit from the results of shared or compatible goals
4. Know your customer. - In-house, horizontal, cross-business functional, etc. Understand their demands, industry constraints, competition. For example, if your customer is the FedGov, it's focused on Affordability
5. Publish. - Gold-star journal is the goal, but there are other mediums that can help with career progression. An endorsement, a write-up for a volunteer activity, department newsletter, speak on a topic.
6. Be a team-player. - Yes, it's still relevant; probably now more than ever given a smaller workforce and the inability for a maverick approach to "go it alone."
7. Be multi-functional. - The "analyst" role seems to be expanding as organizations "do more with less staff." For techies, learn the business-side of the house in a Technical Program Manager role; for business leaders, consider building up new skills such as cloud computing, columnar/in-memory databases.
8. Volunteer to develop your skills. - Participate in student development competitions, exchange study program materials with co-workers, seek out grants, and scholarship funding. Teach.
9. Mentor. - Another buzzword. Consider mentoring with colleagues at the peer level. Set up monthly exchanges with a trusted group of peers and help each other.
10. Network, network, network. - Dale Carnegie. 'nuff said
Dr. Daniels is focused on Aerospace & Defense, technology management and systems engineering.