You may be thinking about stepping into a supervisory role or onto a more exciting team, but the best way to grab that shiny prize is not to focus on it during day-to-day work and conversations:
• Focus on the work you’re doing now, rather than racing ahead to a shiny future.
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt once said, “Do every job like you’re going to have it forever. People start to get derailed when they say [about a task], ‘This one is beneath me.’”
Though, Immelt says, he held many roles—some for a year, some for much longer—he approached each one as if it were the only one.
• Concentrate on the conversation you’re in now. Psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion said that the purest form of listening is to “listen without memory or desire.” You might also call it “listening in the moment.”
— Adapted from “Executive Presence,” Mark Goulston, Fast Company blog.