Knowledge workers who step into new positions within a corporation can often make changes that can have great impact on corporate productivity, and, thereby, contribute to corporate long-term success.

For that reason, a promotion, or any lateral change to one’s career, brings with it the expectation that your eyes, so to say, (a fresh pair of eyes), will uncover new opportunities for productive change. To avoid disappointing the powers to be you may want to scout for useful changes, that is, opportunities to make changes that can make a welcomed, measurable contribution. Under no circumstances would I ever advocate for merely making changes for the sake of making changes .

Here’s a guideline to help you to scout for potential bottom-line impacting changes that can help to propel your career:

  1. It is needed.
  2. Can be readily accomplished.
  3. Within your skill set to oversee and manage.
  4. It has the highest, or very high, payoff or return on investment.
  5. The timeline to completion is reasonable–the shorter the more potent.
  6. It is not dependent upon changing other systems and can be started or completed without having to be staged or waiting upon decisions by other departments or outcomes from other projects.
  7. Can be accomplished with existing resources including people, systems, budgets, etc. However, it is quite acceptable that it may require additional eduction or training.
  8. It will not require rebalancing other projects or budgets, or extraordinary measures of any sort such as executive committee approvals, to be able to accomplish this change.