Be Intentional About Your Career Legacy

I had the opportunity this month to visit Poland – what a trip! Reconnecting with family, visiting the Warsaw Uprising Museum where my grandpa’s picture is posted, and touring the country – all of these contributed to an amazing experience.

Going back to our roots is an important exercise. It reminds us of our heritage and inspires us to leave a legacy for those who will come after us. Remember that we leave a footprint in our careers as well as in our personal lives; use these tips as reminders to be intentional about your professional legacy.

Clarity – Businesses aren’t the only ones that benefit from creating plans. Define your specific short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. Create a plan with clear goals and values and know which direction you are headed in so that when you look behind you can be happy with where you have been.

Consistency – You have a plan… Are you taking action toward your goals once a year, once a quarter, or once a day? Take time on a daily basis to analyze your results which builds an unbreakable pillar of skills and strengths. Review your successes and identify where you may need to improve. Then take action the very next day. Do this for all areas of your life, not just your career, and others will recognize your commitment to legacy.

Commitment – Michael Jordan practiced. And practiced. And when he was done? He practiced again. Be committed to improving your leadership skills. Learn to delegate. Communicate clearly and concisely.  You will earn the respect of your team when you show your commitment to developing your own skills.

My goal? To be able to communicate better with my family when I return to Poland (or they visit the U.S.) and advance from speaking “Ponglish” to “Polish!”

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About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month. For more information about Charlotte, please visit her Web site at www.WeeksCareerServices.com.
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