No matter your role or industry, understanding your business will help you succeed more quickly in your job. Here are some tips for acquiring this knowledge without breaking a sweat:
Pretend You’re Preparing for an Interview
If you were heading over to your company to meet people there for the first time, you would do your research in advance. You would want to know current details on the business’ mission, vision, and goals, as well as its operations and challenges. As an outsider, you might check out the website, the most recent annual report, financial and product press releases, and your favorite business news outlets. You would skim industry and trade publications online.
As an insider, you may have access to the firm’s strategic plan, which you should try to get a hold of if you can. This document will usually list key goals as well as development, communications, and staffing plans, and you do not need to be a highly-placed executive to map it to your daily responsibilities. And the more granular you can get, the better. If you work with the marketing department, for instance, ask for a copy of its individual annual plan and budget, competitive analysis, and any status reports it regularly delivers to the CEO.
For more advice where this came from, read the full post on the Fast Track blog.