"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise acknowledge this help with gratitude.” ~Unknown

While the best ideas generally come from those within your organization (you, your team, your boss), the second best often come from others in your industry. If you want to move ahead in your career, you need to tune in to some of the thought leaders in your industry.

One thing that separates Supervisors and Managers from VP’s and CEO’s is what they see and what they are surrounded by. Supervisors and Managers by necessity must be focused on their operation, in all of its details. While VP’s have a similar need to focus on their areas of responsibility, they also have YOU to assist with that. This leaves them with the time to look at trade publications, be on industry organizations, and generally be able to look beyond the present issues and see more of the competitive landscape. This helps them fulfill their role of being proactive. What they look at outside the company, also should be what you look at outside the company.

If you want to move ahead in your career, you need to tune in to some of the thought leaders in your industry.

  • Industry magazine and trade publications – Believe it or not, no matter how obscure or small your industry may be, there is almost always a magazine or trade publication that covers the current issues and trends. Try subscribing to one or two and you’ll be surprised at what you find and how your conversations change around the office.
  • Industry websites – The above mentioned publications also have websites, but there will also be more "online only" websites and forums that cover your industry. A good way to find some of the more prolific ones is through your LinkedIn profile and “LinkedIn Pulse” or Goups.
  • Industry panels or organizations – Not all of them are for VPs and CEOs only. Oftentimes they have more standard memberships available as well. Look to choose those that hold mixers and events that will allow you to network with peers. This is a great way to both build your network and share ideas.

So supercharge your career, find new solutions to your problems, impress your boss, impress your employees, and become a more well-rounded employee by tapping into these areas!

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