The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, roughly 4,000 years ago. The Babylonian New Year was adopted by the ancient Romans, as was the tradition of resolutions.
It’s remarkable, isn’t it, that after thousands of years we can still see evidence of these and so many more ancient cultures in everything we do. By now you must have made your 2023 resolutions and have settled into what you need to make them happen. Do you know what’s the difference between a person who achieves their career goals and one who does not?
When it comes to careers, the person who achieves their goals is remarkable. Others can see the value they bring to the table and can articulate it. They want to work with people like that, to have them on their team, to be led by them, to make deals with them and have them as a part of their inner network.
These are not the people who have quietly quit.
They have not settled into thinking that having a good LinkedIn profile is sufficient. They certainly haven’t decided the turbulent macro state of our country’s economy is going to cause them to put their career into a state of hibernation.
The world will pass you by unless you remind it just how amazing you are, that you are remarkable, that you matter and that you can make a needle-moving difference.
So…here we are at the start of another new year. We’ve had quite a number of them. That experience gives us credibility. The key is knowing how to talk about what we’ve done as more than a list of accomplishments that have led to career advancement. Look instead for the value your accomplishments have produced and speak to the value you can produce next. That is your Value Story, and it is what makes you remarkable.
Wherever you land, it is important to find a job that speaks not just to your talents but to your soul. Life is just too short not to do something that you find meaningful and rewarding.
If you’re feeling unseen or unheard right now and having trouble flushing out your Value Story, reach out to me! January is the perfect time to think about your value, what you want, and where you are going to find your Next Great Next. You have advanced far in your career; now is the perfect time to evaluate if your career is still bringing you meaning.
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- A VP/Sr Strategic Sales Leader in the medical device space who was surprised to be laid-off and wants an accelerated search.
- A C-level executive who wants to change industries and knows he needs personal marketing to open doors and sales to get the deal done but didn’t have a job search strategy.
- A former client who landed a good position as a CTO and is now interested in pursuing possible board seats.
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Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.
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