I've written a lot early on in Cube Rules about what it takes to become a Cubicle Warrior.
Instead of writing about all the stuff to do on the job (be visible, be active, volunteer...), I've taken a look at what foundational things need to be in place for you to be best prepared to take advantage of opportunities in your work place.
How does it all fit together?
Becoming a Cubicle Warrior has a premise that there won't be a lot of corporate support for you doing well at work.
Yes, your manager may be great -- but how many managers have you had over the last two years?
Yes, your company may be great, or poor, to work for -- but how many people have been laid off from your work over the last three years?
The premise of these posts, then, has been to identify what you would need to have in place in an ideal world to be in the best position possible to do well at work.
It's about not being desperate, but instead, being prepared to face any eventuality at work.
Your finances put you in a position to not worry about money if you get laid off.
Your job performance gives you a solid list of accomplishments you can talk to a prospective employer about, giving you reasons to be hired.
Your job skills show your flexibility in learning new things and staying on top of the next new thing that companies will need people for to implement.
Networking allow you a wide range of people and companies to connect with to find something that is closer to your passion instead of something you will take because you need the job.
Good relationships at home mean you and your family have a support structure that is solid and will help if you are laid off instead of blowing up and making things even worse.
A perfect world, this is not. By implementing these strategies, you can have the confidence to do your work well and not wonder what you will do if bad things happen to great people - like you.