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What Drives Your Business… and Your Career?

How can you drive your business forward? Here are some tips that helped me!

Mid-level professionals today are constantly asking me to speak about how they can take their career to the next level. The biggest questions seem to be centered around gaining visibility with leaders and standing out from the crowd. So, this week I’ll share some of my favorite tips that I think made a difference as I moved forward in my entrepreneurial and corporate career!

Get out of your own world. You need to understand what your leaders are thinking about and become aware of the organization’s overall goals and challenges. We each have functional expertise that our careers are based on, but if we want to move up and out, we need to focus on where the business is. A part of that is understanding where the organization is in its lifecycle—startup, rapid growth phase, maturity, decline, or death/rebirth. You also need to know how your organization defines success—is it return on investment? Greater market share? Being an industry leader? Developing new products? Test your own skills in these areas in a survey from my book – Taking Your SEAT at the Table.

And remember that the key drivers in many businesses have changed. Businesses are less focused on profits alone. Today, we hire professionals in corporate social responsibility as full time roles, and provide learning opportunities for employees that allow for informal interaction and exchange of ideas. You can take your career to the next level by participating in events and even stepping up to a leadership role. Ensure that your learning opportunities for yourself and your employees are focused on experiential events that will develop the whole person, not just provide education.

If business concepts are still a bit of a mystery to you, figure out what you need to know and get going on training for yourself. Sometimes you can get the information you need by selecting the right mentor within your organization, joining a peer-to-peer advisory group, or finding an educational program that works with your schedule. The new executive MBA programs offered as cohort groups with a combination of on-line and in person events are receiving rave reviews by participants! I heard a great comment from a participant in one of my presentations, she said that she sets aside 1% of her income each year to invest in herself. Sounds to me like a great idea!

However you choose to get involved, be sure it’s based in the foundation of what drives your business forward, and your career is sure to follow!

Lori Kleiman is an HR expert and HR speaker who conducted over 30 seminars in 2016 to business people and HR professionals sharing best practices and new initiatives. If you’d like to have Lori keynote one of her HR presentations at your upcoming event, click here, or email Lori directly at!
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