Time to Say Goodbye

Well everyone, the time has come for me to say goodbye. This last year of blogging has been fabulous and I am so glad that I was able to share my first year as a Target business analyst with you. Before I start getting too sappy (tear, tear) I want to share my closing words with you. It just so happens that we received a “Wise Words” page from our senior leadership yesterday, full of good tips for how to succeed at Target (or any company for that matter). What better way to end a journey then by offering tips to help you begin yours! So here it is. Soak it up and live by these words because they are indeed, very, very wise.

Own your performance:

-Be passionate about what you do. Do something that matters.
-Never be the “least dressed” in the room. When in doubt, dress more professionally.
-Consider using more pictures instead of words.
-Body language can be more powerful than words.
-Own your opportunities.
-Come to work with a positive attitude and be friendly.

Perceptions are reality:

-Ask yourself, “Could I use this as an example in an interview?”
-Be open to change or new challenges. They are often the times you learn the most.
-Be credible, especially with financials.
-Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. All that matters is you learn from it.

Own your business:

-Deliver your financials.
-Know your guest.
-Take risks and take partners.
Have facts to support your opinion.
-Take 30 minutes Friday afternoon to organize your desk & calendar for the next week; it helps with your mental stability.
-Think big picture. Anticipate the implications of your decisions.
-When there are issues that we need to discuss, come with potential solutions. Show effort in determining the problem and solutions.

Own your network:

-Keep meeting new people. Be open-minded and inclusive.
-Invest in other people. Teach them what you know.
-Keep your partners (Manager, Buyer…) informed. If they don’t know what you are working on, then you will not be recognized for your hard work.
DON’T BURN BRIDGES; you may work with that person again in the future!
Smile, make eye contact, say “Hi!”
-Take time to keep in touch with old acquaintances by setting up coffee.
-Get to know people personally. We spend more time with our co-workers than our friends and family.

So there are words of wisdom passed down by some people who are pretty dang important. The biggest thing I would emphasize for anywhere you choose to work going forward is that perceptions truly are reality in the work place.  It matters how you come off to people. Which makes sense when you think about it, because how you come off to people IS the reality of who you are to that individual. Use this knowledge to your advantage because once you understand this, and own it, you will truly be able to thrive in the workplace.

Thank you so much for sticking with me and reading my year worth of blogs. It has been such a joy and I cannot wait for a new business analyst to begin covering their experience throughout this next year. Meanwhile, feel free to support my business and buy a pool online- summer is right around the corner, I just know it!

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  • Bonnie Horner

    May 3rd, 2013

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and good luck in your new adventures in life.Much success to you.

  • Robyn

    May 4th, 2013

    Love it!! I just finished my first week at a new job in a new line of work and in an office instead of on the road and that is great advice- a great reminder and I will share this with my candidates when placing them in their new positions.

    I’m sorry to say I never read your blog. Best of success on your new path.


  • Ronda

    May 7th, 2013

    I absolutely love all your great advice after reading it all, I was able to apply some of them to my own development and share with my co_workers thanks for the tips and I wise you well on your new journey