Communicating Your Ambition

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Taking Steps To Progress In Your Career Towards Directorship

It can seem so easy to become frustrated in your job and if you feel that your ambitions are being stifled or not even acknowledged by your present employer. At that time, it is likely that you will start to think about your options. However, it is important to take stock and remind yourself that the grass is not always greener on the other side. There is also the fact that your current employer may not be aware of your feelings or your ambitions. If you have never voiced your frustrations or asked to take on new or different responsibilities, it may be that there would be an opportunity for you to achieve more in your current role, but no one has thought about it.
This is why before you start looking for another job, you should look for ways to make your current position better, and this 5 step plan will provide you with the stages you need to follow to at least attempt to marry your current role with your ambition.

Step 1: Identify A Project That Would Benefit The Business That’s Congruent With Their Current Goals

If you are looking for your current employer to buy into the idea of allowing you to take more responsibility and push yourself on with respect to job satisfaction, you need to at least think of a role you can do that will benefit them.
If you can show that there is a project that will be of benefit to your bosses and to you, they will likely take an interest. This means that your first step is to think of a project that meets the needs of your employer.

Step 2: Communicate The Idea And The Long Term Impact The Project Can Have

Having an idea is one thing but you need to be able to show that this project will have a positive impact on your business. You should do this in the traditional manner; show your business how it will benefit. If your idea will positively impact on profits, show why it will improve the profits the company makes. If you have a project that will make the team more productive or will help to boost staff morale, you need to show why this is the case.
In brief, you need to explain the current state of the organisation and then showcase the changes your project will make on the organisation. Ideally, you want the projected changes to be so outstanding (and yet achievable) that the business cannot carry on with the status quo.

Step 3: Obtain Approval, Get A Team Together And Plan The Project

Once you have been given the go-ahead, get your team together and plan the project. It is likely that you will have ideas about how best to approach the task so this may not be a long process, but bringing people in can give you a better idea about allocating tasks and getting the best from people.

Step 4: Work With The Team To Execute The Project

If you have developed a strong plan and everyone knows their role, the execution of the plan should easily fall into place. There will be issues and steps to overcome along the way but this is what you have been working towards and it is vital that you execute the project as effectively as possible.

Step 5: Assess And Report With Results

No matter the size or scale of the project, it has to be assessed and analysed to determine if it was a success or not. Once you have assessed the project, a report should be compiled for your management team on the project. This has to be an honest assessment. You obviously want to look at the positive aspects but showing scope for improvements and that you have learned from mistakes is also an important aspect if you want to show that you can be trusted with projects and more work of this nature in the future.