Cubicle Warrior — what it takes to become one

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Dec 21

What do you do to manage your career? How do you know what to do to manage your career?

When searching for information about managing my career, the articles write about working hard, taking risks, knowing what you want in a career, knowing what jobs to want, doing what you love and blah, blah, blah.

Sure, all that is important – but it comes after the basics.

The basics are what lays the foundation to begin your quest on becoming a Cubicle Warrior. Without the foundation, you’ll be blown about in the globalized business environment we’re all working in right now.

What are the foundations? I think of three key areas:

Finances. You have to have the financial base to survive a layoff. Desperation has few friends.

Job Performance. If you are not performing in your current job, the chances of being laid off are even higher than if you simply are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Job Skills. If you don’t have the skills to perform the job, you won’t have the job performance.

In the next few posts, we’ll take a look at what basics are needed to manage your career.

They won’t be what you think.

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