I guess one of the great skills that is seldom talked about is time management – something that seems to have slipped from my grasp in returning this note to you on time! (Editor’s note: Kevin needed a reminder for submission of his career tip, but so did 95% of the addressees.)
Other insights, which hopefully are not rocket science, are the following – I’ve lived by these for many, many years:
Be a sponge – learn from the people around you, trust the people you work with to do their jobs and always remember that the team is stronger than the individual.
Strive to be the best you can in the role that you are in – again learning from those around you, seek out the experts in your world and mine them for information, help and guidance.
Be flexible and open to options – not every career move will be logical, but when added to your current armory of skills and job successes, they will take you to a path you may never have imagined for yourself.
Look for similarities in place of debating the differences.
For managers, empower your teams – you hired them for a reason, now help them to succeed in their roles – get out of their way and remove any obstacles to success that they may encounter. Build the best team you possibly can, never settle for second best.