On Career Development: Getting Ahead in a Difficult Profession



Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

~ Sophia Loren

I used to think that the school you went to and the degree you received really determined how successful you would be in your career.  I no longer think that way.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a big advocate for advanced education and believe it is important to open initial doors and establish a network.  However, I have found that there are acquired leadership attributes to help accelerate career advancement.  In addition to that faith in yourself, as Ms. Loren points out, I have witnessed the following six attributes truly sets you apart.  I have ordered them in such a way to create the acronym, FACE IT, for easy recall.

Focus – The ability to keep the main thing the main thing.

Accountability – The ability to see it, own it, solve it, and do it.

Customer Driven – The ability to put the customer first.

Execution – The ability to get things done.

Innovation – The ability to convert new ideas into revenue and profits.

Teach – The ability to inspire.

When I speak to students on campus, I have found my discussion on the FACE IT attributes generates the most questions and positive feedback.  I strive to develop these attributes in my own career.  I encourage you to do the same.  Anyone can FACE IT.

For the next six days I will devote my blog post to discussing each of these FACE IT leadership attributes.  Tomorrow – the ability to FOCUS.  Until then, choose greatness today.


One thought on “On Career Development: Getting Ahead in a Difficult Profession

  1. Steve,

    Just wanted to let you know I really like that you are now adding your leadership insights to your blog. It is so much more meaningful than just a quote. As we develop the alytis would you be willing to consider having a leadership section and linking your blog to that section? It may increase your reach to people who may not otherwise find you.

    Thanks for all you do.

    Thanks Bruce

    Sent from my iPad

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