Everyone has plateaus in their career, but you want to avoid those slumps whenever possible — especially in this job market. The Wall Street Journal offers a few tips for constantly improving your job performance.
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The Journal bases their tips off of the centre for Creative Leadership's study of executive derailment, their number one tip being to ask for instant feedback:
When walking out of a meeting, ask a colleague, "I think that could have gone better – what could I have done differently?" Listen to the response. Don't defend or justify your actions and don't interrupt. Sean Fowler, assistant vice president with insurance company IAT Group in Cold Springs, Fla., uses feedback from his co-workers as a reality check. "You have to develop a bit of a thick skin," Mr. Fowler said. "Once you get past the initial shock, you really come to appreciate it. It's a long-term effort made up of small steps, not a leap."
You don't necessarily need to be soliticing this feedback from you boss all the time (though a regular check-in is probably a good idea), just get someone you know to help you out. In turn, you could give him or her honest feedback, too (if they want it). It's a good system to help keep you both on track and hopefully keep you from falling into a slump. Hit the link for more tips on getting out of a career rut.
When a Career Veers Off Track [Wall Street Journal]