The secret to getting ahead at work is that there is no secret—just consistent, high-quality effort, and a few other tips:
• Promote yourself. Don’t brag, but let your co-workers and especially your boss know what you’re working on and what results you’ve achieved. You don’t have to wait for your annual review—you can keep people updated with a quick occasional email on a recent accomplishment, large or small, that helps your organization and your team.
• Stay up to date. Find out what’s happening in your organization and your industry. Listen to the people around you. Go to conferences, check out industry websites, and read journals discussing the challenges and opportunities in your organization’s field.
• Develop relationships. Reach out to your co-workers and others in your industry. Professional associations can help you expand and enhance your network. The more people you know, the more sources of information you have. Don’t just take—be willing to help people as well. This encourages strong, positive relationships.
• Balance your life. All work and no play makes, well, you know the rest. Work hard, but don’t devote every moment of your life to your job. Take time to relax and recharge. You’ll do better work over the long haul, and you won’t sacrifice your friendships and personal relationships to your ultimate success.