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Moving Up and The Support Systems Around You

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Do you have career goals? Are you ready to move up? In many cases moving up is important, but there are not any goals or a good support system. What do your friends think?

It is interesting that we often talk openly about refusing a dessert, about being sure we are going to hit the gym, or that we want to drop a few pounds.

Friends often seem supportive, they’ll offer encouragement, and maybe even invite you to join them in their own similar endeavors.

Moving Up

What happens when you tell them you are going for a promotion, that you want to get an advanced degree, or that you want a luxurious home that puts you into a new neighborhood? Are they supportive or do they offer to help?

Goals are important for everything you want to accomplish. No goal means limited achievement. It is easier to deny yourself advancement when you don’t define what the advancement looks like.

Support systems matter. The weight loss program, the fitness routine, or skipping the dessert. Support and encouragement help.

If you are career minded, success driven, and want to accomplish more, do you have the support you need?

Support Systems

Your network is critical for your success. Those people who surround you matter. If you’re interested in moving up who is shouting encouragement?

Change is scary, it may cause friends to worry about being left behind, to get anxious because they aren’t as committed or lack the confidence. Yes, even jealously may be a factor.

Here’s the thing, you need a support system. You need encouragement and backup. Most of all you need belief. Sometimes belief from others is the trigger for belief in yourself.

What’s stopping your advancement? What is holding you back from moving up?

Most successful people hang around others who support success, not deny it.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant and succession coach who helps organizations and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating a Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Building Meaningful Workplace Relationships

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Work is, well, a lot of work. At least most believe this to be the case. Many of us will spend much of our adult lives active in the workforce. Do you build meaningful workplace relationships? Are there connections to relationships and your career?

One of the most important factors that affects your career are your workplace relationships. Some of them may be (appropriately) personal, others strictly business, and some are in between.

This is true internally within the organization and it is true externally with clients, customers, and stakeholders.

We have two main paths that form the relationships that we build, or the ones that we don’t.

Walls and Lines

The first may be to put up walls. Everyone is a jerk until he or she proves it to you that they are not. You look for what angers you, frightens you, or you use stereotypes to keep people at distance.

Taken one-step farther you may create challenges, obstacles, or draw a line and give warning that it should not be crossed.

You may discover that what you seek, you’ll find.

Inquire and Appreciate

A different approach may work better, what if you welcome relationships. Imagine if you seek to build them, ask for input, and inquire about thoughts that may be different from your own. Instead of building walls or creating obstacles, you invite ideas, different thinking, and new possibilities.

Imagine if the person isn’t old, isn’t young, male, or female. What if where they live, how they look, or where they went to school mattered less and the fact that they are just people who are invited to participate mattered more.

Again, you may discover that what you seek, you’ll find.

Meaningful Workplace Relationships

What you get from your job, your friends, and your life is largely based on your network. Size has some importance, but integrity and quality matter more.

Building meaningful workplace relationships can expand your opportunities, your intellect, and even your bank account.

There are times to choose sides, stick with the team, and work hard to beat the competition. In fact, is some regards they can be enduring qualities.

Just keep in mind that what you build will largely depend on what you seek.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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