How to Advance in Your Federal Career with Alex Tremble
- Write down 3 things you want to accomplish at your job by the end of the year.
- Write down the steps you will need to accomplish those goals.
- Step outside of your comfort zone and network. Pick one person in your agency that you are interested in their line of work or you are interested in what that office does? List a few questions to ask and also develop your “elevator speech” 2mins (don’t take more than 30 mins of their time)
- Look for detailed opportunities within your agency. Always a good way to add skills to your resume, and more networking opportunities. Hope this helps and gives you the boost you need. P.S. If you want to talk to me about your Federal Benefits schedule time here. Fedlegacycall.com
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William Smith, Jr CEO of Fed Legacy
All right, excellent, excellent story, right. But some of the people don’t hear. And I’m sure the majority of clients aren’t at that level. Right. So the everyday, everyday worker, so to speak, right? Because what I’m hearing you say use political savvy to get what you want, instead of griping about it, for the most part, right? Use your resources, right? for lack of a better term. So for the everyday worker, right, you know, how could they How have you seen people like that utilize this, utilize, put it back?
Okay, it doesn’t get lower than me, right doesn’t get a 23-year-old kid starting off trying to create an executive program. So when I first got asked to create this program again, I know no one I know, I’m not in that level. The first thing I did was go on LinkedIn. Yeah, I looked for every possible senior leader, you know, someone who, who either wasn’t executive in the government outside the government. So who did research on that topic? Different groups, I just started sending messages to everyone. Just, Hey, my name is Alex Trumbull. I’m trying to create this. I love to get 5, 10, 15 minutes of your time. And from just that one exercise, I had a whole lot of people just come back and they’re having conversations with me. So I remember one conversation specifically. It was the one top executives at GE I’m pretty sure everyone knows who GE is the massive Corporation. And he was mentoring me for months on how to crank it. And I asked him, I said one day I said, What? Why are you talking to me right now? And he said So why are you talking? I say I’m some 23-year-old kid. And here it is super successful executive, why are you spending your time talking to me? And what he said to me afterwards has stayed with me. I tried to share as much as I can. He said because you asked, most people won’t ask. And see, I’m a man of probability, right? I want to increase the probability. I’m not that smart. But I do like to follow smart people. So if you look at Warren Buffett this investing, Maven, right, he knows what he’s talking about. He says, what do you say be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy? Right? So what does that mean? If you translate that, to relationship and networking, when others are afraid to network, that’s when you should network? Because there’s less competition, right? So if others are afraid of reaching out to successful people, what should you be doing?
William Smith, Jr CEO of Fed Legacy
So real man. I did this exact same thing with my business last week, man. I’m in a circle, some very successful guys. One of these guys owns a huge company in America. Big company. I’m not gonna say the name but we’ve all recognized the company. I sent a text message to him detailing out exactly what I wanted. I was scared man, I sent the text out. He didn’t respond for like three or four days. He finally responded, said I’ll think about it. But let’s talk next Friday at 930. This is last Friday, we had to come see. When we got on the phone. He said I thought about it. I’m gonna do it. And he gave me all the homework I need to do and everything. But I would have never got that if I didn’t ask. I wouldn’t have even gotten to a circle if I didn’t even ask. Yep, years ago about mentorship, man. So I want to just kind of bring this down to people on the phone like, yeah, so like, again, this The purpose of this call is I you know, I’m dealing with people every day, you know, and a lot of you all want to retire? Well, that’s the reason why we started. Because we want to make sure our people can retire Well, on time with confidence, and leaving the financial legacy intact, right. Now, when it comes to getting ahead, high three, getting your high three up, and moving up in the government. You can’t just do it just sitting around. So what’s up, right, you can’t do it that way. So the stuff that Alex is talking about is just going that extra mile, right. And now this is the stuff that when you say you know, my coworker, they don’t do nothing or whatever. This is the behind-the-scenes hard work, right? And so this is the stuff that a lot of times our people miss out on when it comes to just, I call it a game, right? It’s just a game. He’s given us good game, like, alright, if you want to get ahead, why don’t you just look up the people that are high up in your department in your agency, and get on LinkedIn? And just ask them a simple question.
Yeah, sure. I have a mentoring group mentoring program, which I really enjoy doing. Because it’s, I feel like it’s dynamic. And the people have been through my programs, I’ve always said it was really dynamic because we meet on a monthly basis. And every time we meet, there’s an opportunity for the individual get new information, and then test it, that’s what’s really important is getting started, right, you’re going to try something it’s going to work or it’s not going to work and you’re going to retool, and every single month you get better and better and better. And so that’s where I use the mentoring program for us consistently, being able to help people find tools, fine-tune their strategy in their plan, and so on and so forth. Then I also have my actual course that have online networking course. And it’s a seven, seven-week course, in-depth, dive into how to build relationships, and strategically network, and then everything is built on and based on science. So my background is in IO psychology. So I have a master’s in IO psychology. And then I really dive into the research in regards to, you know, how do people influence other people. And that’s where all this stuff is coming from.