Top 10 Career Success Attributes

Are you optimistic about your professional future in 2010? According to a poll commissioned by Global News by Ipsos Reid Public Affairs, 73 per cent of respondents said they are “optimistic that 2010 will be a good year for creating jobs and getting people back to work.” What will this year, and more importantly this next decade hold for you professionally and personally? I actually wrote a completely different column for this morning however, as I was sitting in my office I was reviewing the amazing clients and professionals that I have had the privilege to coach and interview over this past decade. I wondered why them? What did they do differently? Was there any consistent pattern to their professional success? Why did their career take off and not the other peers that graduated from the same schools? I thought I would sum up for you the top 10 principles that you have helped professionals take their career to the next level.

The Top 10 Career Success Traits from 2000- 2009

Optimistic- Yet not naive.
Flexible and abatable yet not a pushover. Good professional boundaries.
Continually learn- both linearly and non-traditionally.
Confident yet not cocky- Not afraid of self-promotion and will promote others.
Value, nurture and are valued by their professional network.
They take smart risks- continually. Pay attention and are not afraid of the economy.
Have a wide sets of interests in life
Globally and local perspective.
They have a genuine interest in their professional field.
They respect and are respected by their employer.

Bonus- They take their work seriously but not themselves…

What would be your career advice? Share your thoughts on my blog.

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