Shadows are a great place to seek refuge from the sun on a hot and blistering day but not where you want to be to advance your career. You need to get into the light to grow and obtain the energy required to go to the next level. The best way to do this is to begin your own career advancing and brand awareness campaign. Don’t get lulled into thinking that an annual performance review or the occasional beer or coffee with your boss is sufficient to have him or her as your advocate and cheerleader.
Strategies for “Stepping Out”:
- Make sure you are visible. Build relationships and get to know people at all levels of the organization that can be your advocate and sing your praises.
- Let people know what you are good at. Being too modest and not self-advocating will ensure you don’t get noticed. Build a success file that you can draw upon as required. (I have seen too many people wait until they need to produce a success summary and then scramble to find the evidence)
- Ask your boss to sing your praises and increase your stock value internally. Hold him or her accountable for citing your achievements, ideas and successes at internal meetings with other executives and management.
- When they praise and recognize you – say thank you! Unrecognized support will not endear you to your boss and may lead to you being viewed as being egotistical and unappreciative.
- Seek out opportunities to build your visibility and profile. Volunteer to lead or assist with an internal initiative such as community outreach or cause based fundraisers. (Don’t do this just because it makes you look good, do it because it resonates right down to your core = heart, soul and deepest values.)
- Be persistent. Your efforts must be measured, consistent and genuine in order to be taken seriously and deemed worthy of recognition and reward.
- Don’t, don’t; don’t rely on your social media (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn) efforts alone. Yes, they help and are important but real and lasting advances are made through personal interaction and connection with real people in real time – think face-to-face connections.
There you go – get busy and step into the light!
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ John Rohn