Over my career I have been fortunate enough to work for some brilliant leaders who have helped and inspired me with advice and opportunities. Subsequently, I have talked to candidates discussing their career successes, pressures, and how they have developed their skills.
I have listed below the wise words that really helped me, I hope they are useful,
Be positive; today is a good day, whatever happens, you will handle it well
Be approachable; help less experienced colleagues, people from other departments
Offer to help; other functions, colleagues, if your area is less busy
Raise your profile; join focus/project groups, attend industry events, join associations
Contribute above the norm; suggest improvements to the customer experience, teamwork, process, efficiency, forms etc.
Present your exceptional work; (or your teams) to your boss, to a senior executive, refresh them how far you have come
Say thank you; every department is important, recognise colleagues for their contribution
Catch someone; doing something good
Go the extra mile; find a subtle way to let clients and leaders know the extra effort
Ensure; you have work life balance, you will achieve more if you have balance
Be creative; arrange or contribute to meetings that people would buy a ticket to attend
Analyse; your strengths and development areas, but do not beat yourself up
Do your best; development areas are typically lack of exposure or training, identify the areas you want to learn
Seek feedback; listen and learn. Everyone can improve
React well; or do not react at all
Book a Me Day; book a day off or a clear diary day to catch up and refocus
Address challenges; by suggesting solutions, ask for ideas from colleagues, collaborate
Embrace your choice; the role, the level, the location etc. may suit your life for now
Think how you can make a change, do not just complain
And if all else fails, remember; you have choice, you may be ready for a new challenge, every step forward you make now, will take you closer to your goal...
This is by no means a definitive list, let me know if you have some brilliant ideas to add to it.