How to prepare yourself for a brilliant career

Climbing the management ladder to success is not something to be left to chance. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula. In fact, no two management consultants would agree completely on any certain recipe for reaching the top job. They would agree, however, that, if you are ambitious to reach the top, then the best person to help you get there is yourself. So here are a few guidelines to help you on your way...

1. Be prepared.

There are no better candidates for advancement than those who, while handling their own jobs in exemplary fashion, have also prepared themselves for the job above theirs. Keep close to the people whose job you want, for they often have much to say about their successors.

2. Attend seminars and courses regularly.

The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for effective managers. Additionally, exposure to other managers at seminars and conferences is stimulating.

3. Build your own management library.

Exposure to the literature of management is vital to one who would manage. Management is a profession that can be taught, read about, and learned. Build up a personal management library - and use it.

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