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Jan 1 2008   7:26PM GMT

Career horoscope: Sagittarius 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Archer pocket PC Sagittarius, the archer
Your 2008 keyword is handshake

Sagittarius, your astrological position at work this year is that of developer. You alone have the ability to negotiate the unspoken codes that separate the geeks from the suits.  This will be your focus in the year ahead.

Last year you honed your managerial skills and made some sound spending decisions. You demonstrated that you are a good team player. Your sense of humor and curious nature made you a welcome addition at the conference table. Everything you did laid the groundwork for what’s about to take place in 2008.

This year you will have the opportunity to take more power than you ever dreamed possible. It’s yours for the taking, and therein lies the challenge.  Nobody gives you power. Power is something you take.

Your success depends upon whether or not you can curb your extroverted nature in the presence of your peers. You need their support to turn your vision into reality. You need them to like you — and sometimes without meaning to, you turn people off by talking too much. What your boss perceives as enthusiastic, your peers may perceive as pushy. Be sensitive to those around you. Not everyone feels as lucky as you do.

2008 will be a good year to work on the art of negotiation. Your boundless energy could use some shades of subtle.  You will learn a lot by reading about people you respect. Look for how they handle themselves when negotiating deals or compromises and formulate a plan for  self-improvement. Read about group dynamics and focus your attention on how to sell your vision without alienating those around you who also have visions. Pick three things you think you could do better, commit them to paper and articulate how the people you respect addressed those three issues. A systematic, concrete approach to problem-solving will take you far.

Your keyword for 2008 is handshake. You have demonstrated to high-ups that you have the skills to move forward. Now, you just need to get everyone next to you on board.

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