After reading your blog, I am intrigued by the question of how one learns to not simply survive in Corporate America, but to thrive. If I were asked this question, my short list response would probably be centered on the following:
1) First and foremost, learn the culture of the organization you are in. It will be different from where you’ve been. Recognize that organizational cultural change is glacial. To thrive in the organization, you will need to adapt to the culture, not try to change it.
2) Second, focus on delivering what you’ve been asked to do in the most stellar way possible. Always over-deliver and ensure communication is part of your delivery plan. You need to be able to articulate the results you have achieved and value you’ve added to the right people.
3) Third, find a problem that is important to the organization and get involved in solving it. Do this while you deliver on the things you have been asked to do. This is the extra that will allow you to be more relevant to the organization.
4) Fourth, help others. Build meaningful relationships with colleagues at all levels. Easier said than done I know. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to be of service. When you help others, you build connections that are lasting. Not to mention what you stand to learn.
5) Fifth, be flexible and open in terms of what you can do for the organization. Think about your skills as transferable and applicable across multiple areas