I have recently gotten very into the CW remake of Dynasty. In some cases the show hasn’t just only provided me with some good entertainment, it also has given me an extra boost of motivation for my own career. While there are many story lines that have to do with the characters’ lives outside of work, there is plenty of focus on the business ventures of the Carringtons. Much of the show is very exaggerated since it is a drama and is fictional, but I have still been able the pull some lessons from the show that can be applied to a real life career in the business world.
“I don’t believe in luck. I believe in opportunity”
This is a quote from Fallon really made an impact on me. To me, it isn’t to say that people never get lucky sometimes. This statement is saying that you can’t rely on things to just happen in your career the way you hope they will. There are plenty of opportunities out there to vocalize or make your abilities visible. Take those opportunities and capitalize on them. To achieve career goals you can’t assume that you’ll be lucky enough for someone to notice your efforts without truly making a case for yourself.
If your current company isn’t providing you with the opportunities to achieve your goals, make a change or even start your own business.
In Dynasty, Fallon believes that she had put in what was needed to become COO. When that opportunity was no longer a viable path she decided to leave the company. In her case this change in path lead her to starting her own company. In real life if you feel like you have truly taken multiple opportunities to showcase your abilities and there has been no signal of advancement, it may be a sign that a change in your career is needed. This may be just switching roles or companies but for some it may be the time to create their own opportunity by being their own boss.
Don’t talk badly about someone else’s performance in order to make yourself look better.
In the show another employee attempts to talk badly about Cristal to the CEO Blake with the hopes of getting a chance at Cristal’s position at the company. Word got back to Cristal and someone else get promoted ahead of the girl who was talking badly. Now, if someone’s performance is truly affecting your ability to execute your job there are appropriate ways to address that. However, speaking badly about someone at work with the main intention being to make yourself look better rarely works.
Your personal life can affect the public’s view of your company.
In the show Cristal faces a huge scandal that causes some of the company’s clients to question the stability of the company and the judgement of the people who promoted her. While the scandal didn’t apply to her actual position it sent out an image that she might not be the most trustworthy. If the people you work with find out that you are also doing positive things in your personal life on top of having a good work ethic and professional relationship they will be more likely to want to support your growth.
Give credit when credit is due.
When Fallon starts her own business in Dynasty she has a business partner. However, she talks about the business in a way that makes it seem like it is only her business. Without some of the skills of her business partner she may have not been able to get some of the opportunities she had. After repeated instances of not giving her partner any credit he starts to question if he should work with her. While it is good to vocalize your own accomplishments no business runs without support. If the people supporting your role don’t feel like any of their work has been noticed they will be probably seek out other career opportunities.
Being manipulative might help you gain power but you won’t gain you respect.
While I agree with Fallon’s mentality of believing in opportunity and not luck, she often gains opportunities through manipulation. If people feel like they have to give you an opportunity because of how you have manipulated them, you may get what you want but they won’t necessarily like that they’ve given you the opportunity. This will cause people to resent you. Manipulation can lead to your goals in the short term but it is not sustainable. Having many people who respect how you’ve achieved your success will go a lot further in creating long term opportunities for success.