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How to Grow at your work?


As we enter the last quarter of the year, I reflect on the numerous leaders I coached in the year 2022. I spoke at over 75 companies this year, and my 3rd leadership book was also published.

And I am sharing all this with you because I realized that most of us aspire to grow, whether in business or in the job. And growing makes you feel good from within.

But many aren’t getting to where they want to be. We are somewhere in between, ahead of the past but away from the future.

You may want to become the manager or director of the company, you may want to expand your business and get more clients. But merely moving and working hard doesn’t get you there.

Sadly, many of us feel that working hard and putting in the effort daily will help us get noticed in the company, and we will be picked for a promotion or salary raise.

Well, it just doesn’t work like this in the corporate world.

A big lesson I learned about growth was from my daughter’s chess lessons. When used continuously in any aspect of your career, this strategy gives you the results.

I call it ‘Leading.’ You must lead your people, results, and growth and not merely follow them. How do you do this?

So one rule of thumb in chess is that it is not about your move. When it is your turn to move, once you decide your move, immediately you must be able to think about the opponent’s next move based on your move and then your next move and the opponent’s next move.

Only those who can foresee several steps ahead can play a good chess game.

Similarly, if you want to grow at your work, amongst many strategies, I suggest you foresee and plan several steps ahead. Be aware of what’s happening around you.

Who is supporting you?

Who resents you?

Who works best with whom?

Here’s a podcast I did on Growth you might be interested in.

Speaking of podcasts, I have great news to share with you. My podcast The Payal Nanjiani Leadership Podcast is now available in India too on Jio Saavn.

I hope you and your team have subscribed to it. Go ahead and click here to subscribe.

Your Good Friend + Mentor

Payal Nanjiani

Leadership Expert | Author| Executive Coach

Connect with me on Instagram here @payal Nanjiani

Date: 21 November 2022





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