Want to be an Expert?
Total passion for the topic. If you LOVE the subject, you’re going to learn about it as it naturally interests and draws you in.
Second is your ability to communicate and manage stakeholders. Yes, corporate jargon, I know but super important. No matter how good a project looks on paper, you need to win people over – getting their time, energy, and support. If you don’t focus on bringing people in, or don’t know how to do it, your success is going to be drastically limited.
Third, I always look for people who are resourceful. I don’t expect you to have the answers, but I do expect you to look for them in a smart way – whether that’s via the intranet, Google/Bing, discussions with colleagues, learning about best practice, etc. It’s relatively easy to execute on whatever you’re told to do. The next level is figuring out what to do in the first place.
So the next time you’re daydreaming about a different career and feel like you don’t have the chops, remember we’re talking about corporate practitioner jobs, not professorships.
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