Power Moves – Lauren McGoodwin
Power Moves by Lauren McGoodwin is a book about taking control of your career and achieving your goals. The book provides advice, tips, and strategies for making the most of your professional life. It covers topics such as how to craft a career plan, how to make the most of your talents, how to create a professional network, and how to stay motivated and focused on your goals.
The book also provides advice on how to handle difficult situations and how to develop confidence and resilience in your career.
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2. Relationships Matter
Even in our ever-isolated, online-driven, increasingly VR world, IRL relationships matter. When it comes to your ability to make successful Power Moves, your personal and professional relationships are absolutely critical. Knowing that getting along with other humans is important to your success seems like a no-brainer, right?
Still, Most of us struggle to prioritize strong, healthy, supportive connections with the people in our work world.
Relationship with coworkers
When we invest in high-quality, positive relationships with coworkers or those in our professional orbit, when these relationships are grounded in respect, cooperation, and trust, we become better workers, more open to feedback and more engaged in our day-to-day tasks, no matter how mundane.
Put another way: being close to coworkers makes work more fun.
3. Take Control of Your Career
Take control of your career and become your own career coach. In movie terms, you’ll be the producer, director, and lead actor. Now that you appreciate the importance of taking care of yourself (self-care) and developing the support of others (relationships), it’s time to manage the career you want.
No matter where you are in your career, no one is going to understand and look out for your needs and interests and career progress with the same commitment (and obsession) as you. That shouldn’t be a surprise, because no one cares about the outcome more than you do.
Remember It’s the Company, Not the Job
Sure, there are some situations where you genuinely hate the duties at hand, when your core competencies are not being put to their best use, but for the most part, the reason you hate your work is because your boss is terrible, the company culture is soul-sucking and toxic, or you are undervalued, overworked, and/or treated with disrespect or disdain.
You could be doing the exact same job you are today at a different company or for a different client, and instead of dreading work, you’d find that you missed it when you were gone.
Play to Your Strengths
Strengths are important because people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job, and we all want that. Surprisingly, according to Gallup, research also shows that people who use their strengths are 8 percent more productive and 15 percent less likely to quit their jobs.
The obvious conclusion: planning a future based on your strengths is the smart thing to do. You’ll experience more engagement, opportunity, and career fulfillment. Your strengths are essentially your competitive advantage.
Set and Manage Career Goals
Even if your boss has their own goals for you (but especially if they don’t), begin a running list of everything you’d like to achieve at work in the next quarter, the next six months, and the next year.
This could be milestones like a raise or a promotion, but could also be smaller, quieter things like learning a new internal system, taking the lead on your own project or attending more high-level meetings.
Understand When and How You’ll Be Evaluated
What are the goals of your position? Which are your relevant KPIs (key performance indicators)?
It’s critical to have clear expectations about what comprises success in any role you’re in so you know where you stand and can track your performance, and, ultimately, do what’s needed to achieve what you want (more responsibility, a bigger paycheck, another project with this client).
4. Don’t forget money
It’s nearly impossible to hear the words “career success and fulfillment” and not think about money. It’s likely that all of us (at some point) have used money as a measure of our career success and fulfillment.
You really do need to be aware of how it can affect your thinking, and how to have a proactive and realistic relationship with money so you can build a fulfilling career on your terms. There’s little doubt when it comes to earning and managing money that a lack of this resource can limit your career flexibility and critically impair your ability to make a Power Move.
Stop believing your self-worth is your net worth
Put an end to the thinking that your worth is tied up in the amount of money you make and stop using the kind of language that surrounds it. Here are some steps to combat this thinking:
Find examples in your life that are not related to money that make you feel good about yourself. Share those moments with friends and family, and even write them down. The goal is to start associating your self-worth with feelings and experiences that deserve it and have nothing to do with your bank accounts.
It’s a Lifestyle!
Start today, this minute, making decisions that are right for you, not just “right.” Your career awareness has already expanded. Use it to harness your own power, take control of your career, and propel you into a working life that you want, that works for you, in the right here and the right now.
Building a career full of Power Moves—developing your own Power Moves approach—will always be and should always be a work in progress.
It’s an approach that becomes a lifestyle. It builds upon itself. It’s something any of us can do to experience the career we want, on our terms. The only way to not make progress is to not move at all. Take your power back.
And that’s the greatest Power Move of all.