Fast track your career

Fast track your career

How do you move quickly through the ranks in your career? Yesterday while at a client, a staff asked for few minutes of my time. He asked me a question which I think is very important. It can also help you improve your life. He said; “I am draining myself. I have so much work on my desk. Am working in an environment so bad that when my boss notices it is approaching 4pm, he gives me a task. Am wondering how do I breathe life into my desk so that I can reduce the workload and find room for my family?”

I don’t know about you. But it is likely that you could also be experiencing a similar workload challenge. To overcome this problem, get a pen and take note of the following:

You need to first understand how organizations work. At the top of every organization is the business owner. If it is a listed company, they are shareholders. If it is a government Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA), the owners are the citizens of Uganda who have put the power into the Executive or ThePresidency.

The owner appoints the Board of Directors to run the business on their behalf so that they can provide going concern of the business (risk management) and oversight (strategy).The Board appoints the CEO, who in turnrecruitsDirectors, to go run the business.

The lower you gofrom up downwards, the more you are paid to use your hands than your brains. At the top, people are paid to use their brains.At thebottom, people are paid to use their hands. The latter is called blue collar while the former is white collar. So, which person are you?

If you want to reduce the overload on your desk, try to move ahead in your career. Focus on moving to the top on the corporate ladder.

About M. B. Mugisa

Mustapha Barnabas Mugisa is one of those rare people who provides business consulting and advisory to professionals and corporate entities who demand the very best. He is a prolific speaker and governance (strategy and risk) expert. His speaking involves making key notes at major conferences and business events on both technical subjects and leadership skills. A change agent and motivational speaker. Mustapha provides tools and proven methodologies to remarkable results through making people appreciate change. Visit Mustapha's LinkedIn profile to know more. Mustapha is the architect of #WinningMindset Leadership and #WinningTheGame strategy approach that combines Harvard Business strategy Playing To Win, with the Blue Ocean Strategy and Balanced Score Card to deliver a strategy that is easy to execute and monitor. Visit for special insights to improve your condition. Are you too good to be great?

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