I was checking the news today and I noticed that Conan O’Brien announced that he will have a new show on TBS next fall. I’ve been a casual fan of Conan and recent events have definitely been interesting to watch. Today, though, I had another thought come to me when reading the news. Some great career lessons from the past few months of drama that has happened with Conan.
Learn from Conan and adapt
No Job Is Secure
I think it’s safe to say that if Conan had the rug pulled underneath with a contract and all, you should be ready in case your employer tries to something like that to you.
Become a spokesperson for your company. This isn’t just for the sales department; being a spokesperson for your company and department makes you a valuable member of the team.
Be sure the boss knows your value. Don’t ever assume that your manager or boss knows all the hard work you’ve put in. Speak up and occasionally shoot an email thanking the team for their work and giving great results (cc your boss).
Be a team player and lead by example. Sometimes you have to take one for them team and switch from leader mode to worker bee mode. Gain a reputation for being a productive worker.
Like Conan some people have been forced by circumstances to consider their career options.It’s tempting to dwell on the negatives, but it won’t improve your situation. No matter what industry you work in, you should try to be on top of your game and be on the look out for new skills that can enhance your career.
The NY Times did a really good write up about how Conan is embracing Social Media and developing his brand online. Conan has been reaching out to fans with Twitter, Facebook, and now with his tour. He’s keeping a tour blog to keep fans up to date and in touch.
Someone that could definitely help sharpen his new skills is Gary Vaynerchuck. Conan had him on his show back in 2007 for a wine tasting demonstration. Even then, Conan thought outside the box and mix it up on his show.
Has it paid off? I think he’s done quite well with selling tickets on his tour and having the new show deal done. I think that his activities with social media will increase.
Now matter how much technology changes, the fundamentals in business remain the same. Know what your professional strengths are and use them to your advantage. Take some additional classes to keep you one step ahead of your competition and build a reputation for being the best in your field.
Careers are Built Not Made
I’ve personally seen how easily jobs can change and new and opportunities can come from it. Conan O’Brien seems to have been a hard worker and it looks like it is giving him a wonderful career.
I’d love to hear your take. What have you done to build your career? What obstacles have you’ve faced and overcame?
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