Climbing the ladder

Climbing the ladder

In our day of corporate turmoil, many people are more concerned about maintaining a job than they are climbing the ladder. However, it is my conviction that the climbing process will give you more job security than virtually any step you can take. In order to move up you've got to grow up, and I mean more than just emotionally. I'm talking about growing up in the business through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Experts generally agree that a broad range of knowledge in a number of different fields will be helpful in your approach, so that you can handle more than one assignment or sit in more than one chair at the company. However, along the way you need to excel in certain areas so that you can be recognized for having a specific expertise.

The process of growing will enable you to acquire knowledge that some of your associates will not have. When you share that knowledge by teaching others, your value to the company increases. Leadership expert John Maxwell says different leaders develop different people. One kind of leader develops followers and the other kind of leader develops leaders. Those who develop leaders have much greater job security and a better future.

When you "reproduce yourself" by sharing your expertise with those in your department, you bring them up to a higher level of knowledge and understanding. When these individuals are promoted to the same job you have, top management recognizes you as a person who is staffing the company with other leaders and your rise to the top becomes far more likely. Here's why. Finances are available or can be acquired for most companies to expand if enough trained leaders are available and the company has a solid performance record. As you grow and develop others, the company can expand and you gain a more responsible position with a bigger paycheck. Take this approach and I really will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous life changing programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.