Find out if your performance evaluation is according to what you understand. Identify your goals and key performance indicators with your manager, and discuss accordingly.

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Ask for feedback, learn from it and adjust your performance (or behavior) according to the areas of improvement that you get to know from others.

Example: After giving a presentation, talk about what went well and ask if there is something that you could have done better.

Keeping a journal with a record of your learnings and feedback (areas of improvement) can keep us on the right path, and speed up our progress, and learning too.

Listing out 5 or 10 areas of improvement and tracking the progress in weekly or monthly reviews is a great way to develop your career.

Your routine work is not sufficient to get you noticed. Taking initiatives at charity work, company events, or in on-campus recruiting can help you become more visible with seniors.

The world is going through a digital transition with new technologies like AI, cloud-based computing and Internet Of Things encompassing our work lives.

Developing expertise in an emerging area of growing importance can lead to promotions and other career openings.

Instead of directly approaching someone to be your mentor, which can be intrusive, try the organic approach in your normal conversations, so that a helpful senior can volunteer to be your mentor in a particular area of expertise.

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It's essential that you own your own learning process, managing your professional growth and development.

If you are waiting to be told what to learn, you are not being proactive about your learning.

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Becoming a more effective leader means addressing and changing underlying mindsets. It often requires identifying some of the deepest thoughts, feelings, assumptions, and beliefs that are too often sidestepped in development programs.

For example, successful adoption of the value of delegation and empowerment is unlikely if the program participants have a “controlling” mind-set.

Jack Welch said: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

We learn best when we are teaching others. Your earliest opportunity to lead others comes from volunteering. Reach out to a person outside your business unit that would welcome your help. Then commit to helping them work on an issue they raise.

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