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Bates: Consider following a couple of these often rejected tips to succeed

Kay Rial Bates
Kay Rial Bates

Want to get noticed? Trying to nail that big promotion? It can happen, but consider following a couple of these often rejected tips.

First, a quick premise. We must all be aware that the top of the chain is not always the one who can help us move to the next level. Sometimes it is our peers. As Money Magazine says, “Top employees don’t produce results in a vacuum.” We don’t gain success alone – we need others.

First tip: Stick with those looking to succeed, and their work performance attests to this. My son, Jim, learned early in his career that spending time with grumbling, disengaged employees only pulled him into negativity.

Once he chose to associate with peers feeling positive about the company and wishing to build a good reputation in their organization, Jim started to get noticed. He developed a team of like-minded others. Sometimes these teams can be loosely developed, and sometimes they are structured such as Mastermind groups.

But the importance of having a trusted team of our peers is vital to an individual’s success. As Jim found, when together, these team players shared ideas about how to improve the company, prepared each other for interviews and provided friendly critiques on each other’s performance. This is an essential aid for those wishing to move ahead.

Second: Attend company activities that will help build camaraderie with others in the company. I know what you are thinking – the dreaded company Christmas party. Yet that same party can help an employee meet those not otherwise available on the job.

As Jim found, furthering these relationships might be mutually beneficial to both, affecting two careers not only one. Get together after the gathering for a cup of java. This is vital.

Also, take care of the team. When one on the team does something significant for the company, have the confidence to “sing his or her praises.” You will be remembered.

Third: Keep in touch with chosen team members while moving on with your career. Never lose touch. These are people who when the “chips are down” will be there.

To review: To succeed, choose a trusted team, and use them to counsel and be counseled by. Celebrate each other’s good fortune. You’ve been part of it! Most important, stay in touch throughout life as the team members take different paths. You need each other.

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We are thrilled to announce the State of McHenry Luncheon on Feb. 28 at McHenry Country Club. This is an opportunity to share the enthusiasm and vision with our energetic new mayor as we move forward together to enjoy a productive year.

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to its McHenry-Opoly Expo on March 10. During the event, which will be at McHenry West High School, attendees will play Monopoly as they find game tokens, visit community chest and receive chance cards from Mr. Moneybags.

Families will enjoy the Jedi knight training and Princess Rapunzel, reading, singing and playing games with the children. There also will be an exotic animal show and free face painting. So come early and spend the day.

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Mixers coming up include the United Way multi-chamber mixer on Feb. 6, Schopen Pest Control on Feb. 20 and Heislers/Red Wing Bootery Mixer on March 6. All mixers start at 5 p.m.

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The next Never Eat Alone luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. March 2 at Stucky’s Bar and Grille. These are great events for smaller businesses, as 20 to 30 organizations get together to discuss business essentials and successes during the first Friday of every month.

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Paradise Financial Partners will host a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 21 as we all get up to date on Social Security and how to gain the most income from this government program we have earned. The luncheon will be held in the Chamber office.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

• Kay Rial Bates is president of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 815-385-4300 or visit mchenrychamber.com.

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