How to Succeed in Your Role Without Direction

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Are you feeling a little lost in your job?

Is your manager not providing you with the direction you need to help you succeed in your role? It can be difficult when there is a lack of attention from above. You can feel like you’re treading water, and it’s not too long before boredom kicks in.

So what should you do? Is it time to look for a new job, or should you try and take matters into your own hands? You don’t need to wait for a tap on the shoulder or a finger to point in a particular direction. There are plenty of ways you can succeed in your role. Here’s how you do that.

Invest in Yourself

If you’re not getting the attention from your manager that you need, then you need to take the personal responsibility to invest in your skills and abilities. It doesn’t have to involve enrolling in university. There are millions of videos on YouTube and billions of websites that can help you improve in your current role.

No one is going to stop you as you aim to improve yourself. Not only will this help you succeed in your role, but it will raise your stock within your organisation. You can use these new talents when going for a promotion or if you decide to move on to another employer.

Determine What Success Looks Like to You

If no one in the company has told you what to aim for, then decide for yourself what success looks like. This step requires going back to the archives and doing some research. Take a look at the last few years of results and work out a baseline.

Once you have this information, start mapping out what the next three to five years look like. You can even use the three horizons framework to guide you. This will help provide you with the direction you need to succeed in your role.

Look for Your Own Opportunities

If your manager isn’t providing direction, then you need to look elsewhere in the organisation for this information. Read emails from senior leaders. Attend all-employee meetings. If it’s a publicly-traded company, listen to press conferences or read news articles discussing the business objectives.

This information will provide you with an insight into the company’s priorities. Listen for keywords such as growth, retention, and revenue. Then apply these to what you and your team do. If you’re in sales, work out a target that contributes to the growth of the business. If you’re in customer service, find out how you can retain more clients via your interactions. Maybe you’re in IT. You can look for opportunities to best support the business in meeting its objectives.

Create Some Stretch Goals

While you might not have direction from your manager, maybe you have some targets or goals to strive for. Instead of trying to meet the bare minimum, create some stretch goals for you and your team members.

Aiming higher will help push you to achieve more. It may require learning new skills, trying different strategies, and getting creative with how you engage your team. It should also provide you with more enjoyment in your role, especially when you reach your stretch goal.

How to Continue to Succeed in Your Role

Even though a lack of direction from your manager can be disengaging, it shouldn’t stop you from wanting to succeed in your role. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what to do. Use these steps to create a path and help you and your team members achieve greatness in the organisation.

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