The Entrepreneur article is entitled 9 Easy Career Hacks That Very Few People Actually Do. Here they are:
I think the author, David Teten, has hit on some really good points. At first, they may seem a bit obvious, but I agree that not everyone does them routinely. I would point out that they really do need to be practiced and become habit. This can be a challenge when we are busy and attempting to cut corners on our time.
- Listen & write down what you hear
- Get your data organized
- Follow the instructions
- Look for prior art
- Double check
- Follow up
- Play nice and be nice
- Think differently
If I really had to put another title on this article, I would entitle it "Managing Up." By making these nine points habit, we are assured of not only following leadership directives, but also providing a feedback loop that will be invaluable to them.
If I had to emphasize any of the points, I would pull out #2 and #9 because I think that data has become increasingly important in story telling and that there are some amazing tools out there that can bring that data to life. What a gift a well-presented story is to your boss!
Take time to read the article. Enjoy!