Saturday, 22 September 2012

5 Ways to Get Discovered Now in Your Career


  5 Ways to Get Discovered Now in Your Career

 
The following  five attributes will help you get discovered and will give you leverage in your quest to find long-lasting security and advancement in your career:

 

1.  Influential Voice

 

People listen and pay attention to the influence you create both in the workplace and within the industry you serve.  This requires you to speak-up and be deliberate about expressing your points of view within the rules of engagement. When you get people to think about  their own points of view,  and you control how you broaden your reach of influence, you will get discovered regardless of hierarchy or rank.    Also, be a thought leader!

2.  Positive Attitude 

You may have the qualifications to impact and positively influence corporate growth, but do you have the attitude that makes others gravitate to you?    A positive attitude is contagious and an important variable in how you manage yourself at work.  Believe it or not, people will notice and they will talk.   When I sat in the corner office, I always knew about the people who created the most impact in the organization simply based on how people were represented through the opinions of others.
People with a positive attitude who are passionate about their work and seek to create endless possibilities for the organization and those around them get discovered quickly.

3.  Ambassador of Corporate Culture and Values

This is a critical point.  Notice how there are certain people in your organization that protect the corporate culture and are proud to live it every day and encourage others to do the same.   Those who proudly preserve and advance the culture and values of the organization they serve are often the type of people that are put on the fast-track.   They become the spokespeople for the organization and are asked to participate in influential meetings and corporate off-site engagements.
This is where one’s entrepreneurial spirit at work can take flight.  Enable that spirit to hold on to the cultural roots of the organization and to serve to help others see the value in doing the same.


4.  Serve Beyond Your Role & Responsibilities


This is becoming more popular in the workplace; yet most still don’t take advantage of this opportunity.   Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Employee Resource Group (ERG) initiatives (amongst others) allow employees to engage themselves in their workplace beyond their primary job function.   This is yet another opportunity for you to broaden your visibility and activate your voice in discussions that provide you with a platform to expand your presence and get discovered.


5.  Be Courageous

How many times have you been told that you have a special skill or quality that separates you from others?   How often have you seen great talent go to waste?   Be courageous and avoid falling into this trap.   Those that have been discovered display tremendous tenacity and are extremely courageous.    You must trust yourself enough to think, act and innovate in ways that come most naturally to you.   This means you must aim high while always being authentic.


Are you ready to get discovered?    
These five attributes will take you a long way, and as you ride the journey you will encounter more positive happenstances than you ever imagined!

 

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