Hello SOTGC community,
Your reputation is the greatest asset you have in the workplace. Here are five key ways to get started:
- Discover Your Strengths. You may be thinking (yawn), I’ve heard this before, but it’s key. If you don’t know who you are, what you’re talents are, or what you can be uniquely known for, this is a miss on your part. A quick way to learn about your strengths is Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0. The book provides you with an access code to complete an online assessment that will identify your strengths. The book defines 34 potential strengths. The book also shares an on-line website to learn how to take action against each strength. To know your unique gifts also builds a brand language which you can use on your resume’, in interviews, as well as in conversations with your boss. If you don’t know who you are and what you contribute, how do you expect others to?
- Be Proactive. Can you identify a potential problem before it presents itself? Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead of anticipated events. Not only is it a great method for avoiding more work down the road, but it can be extremely important for preventing disasters. Planning well for the future, implementing processes and systems that work, will not only benefit you, but should have great impact for others too.
- Get Results. The job world is very competitive and the way to differentiate yourself is being known for getting results. Gone are the days where putting in long hours gets you extra credit for the task at hand. The amount of hours do not matter as much as completing your work on time, and doing it well. Getting great results includes knowing the business and company you work for and driving results that bring value. I often designed my results for busy people. I ensured my results are clear, simple and easy to use. Busy people appreciate that.
- Turn Strategy into Action. Not everyone finds this easy to do. Learn all you can about your job and the company you work for. Soon you’ll know how your contribution impacts customers and the bottom line. Directly align your work to your department’s goals, and the company’s strategy, but also connect the two in conversation with your boss, in company meetings showing you understand the bigger picture of what the department and/or company is trying to accomplish.
- Work Well With Others. Business has always been a social society and working well with others is a must. Connecting with others through work projects, ensuring others are successful (especially your boss), sharing your knowledge to benefit others, shows you’re a team player. You can deliver great results, be an expert in your area of the business, but if you cannot respect, communicate effectively and work well with others, you will not be successful in the long-term.
The five strategies above will not only earn you a solid reputation, but will build trusting relationships with others. When that happens opportunities and money will find you.
Here’s to your success!