What is the single biggest driver for career advancement? In my view, it’s your performance. Or, at least performance is the one over which you have the most control. If you excel at your job and get stellar results, you’ll know you’re positioning yourself to be noticed.
There are three questions you can ask yourself to assess the impact of performance on your career:
First, is performance emphasized where you work?
Second, which performance measures will you use?
And finally, how will you claim your results?
If you can get crystal clear in all three areas, you will be doing everything possible to make your good work count.
Begin by assessing your company, and what it values when promoting. Does your company place a high emphasis in performance, or does it take in to account other aspects which are more important to them? If your company does place a high emphasis on performance, then you have to decide which performance measures will best highlight your hard work. There are tons of performance measures to choose from, some of which your company might track themselves, and others that you will have to do on your own. Either way, tracking your performance so that they numbers can talk for themselves is very important.
Finally, you have to be willing to claim your results and let people know that you played a vital role in achieving them.
In short, the strategy is this: focus on performance, get the results, and make an effort to point out those results so you can get the credit (and opportunities) you have earned.
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This article was originally published on Inc.com.