Here are a few simple yet effective things you can do to stand out and get your boss excited about you. And may be land yourself on a higher rung. No Kidding.These are things your bosses may have done themselves when they were in your shoes!
Be closely associated with red-hot projects. Also flaunt a fearless attitude when working on them. It’s also important that you are seen as someone who doesn’t shy away from taking those big bets. And guess what? If it works, you get to celebrate with the other team members. Then you need to be on the prowl looking for the next big challenge. You have an apetite for challenging assignments. And if it fails, you don’t agonize. You take full responsibility and learn from it. That’s when the big boys will start to see you as one among them. That’s no small deal.
Show a flair for natural leadership. This means when you assume control of a project, people naturally follow; never mind the title or the authority. That’s what natural leadership is all about. There are different styles that work, but it boils down to self-confidence and charisma that people find hard to resist. That’s really cherished in the corporate world. Cultivate a never-say-die attitude and get the job done. That is key in the real business world. And the tougher it is, the more confident you sound and the harder you work to make it happen. That’s the compelling sign of an employee who deserves a promotion or two.
You have to learn to roll with the punches. In other words, accept what is dealt to you. Don’t take things personally. Let’s face it. Change is the only constant in business these days… what with reorganizations, stock markets and layoffs. That’s the way business is. Which is why you need to be flexible and adaptable. Fortitude also helps. Never take things personally.
Adopt the company’s goals as your own goals. OK, the more cynical may think that blind loyalty will get you nowhere. There’s a ring of truth to that. But what is required is a nuanced understanding of how companies operate. Make the company’s or the department’s priorities your own. You need to more than identify with the goals of your bosses. Live, eat and breathe them. That way, you too become part of management. Yes, that’s the way to go.
Go the extra distance to get the job done, even when you’re not getting paid for it. There’s no guarantee that loyalty and dedication will always be rewarded. But that should not cloud your thinking and actions. Get the work done to the best of your abilities first. Then, and only then, should you expect recognition and rewards. If it’s not coming, it’a good lesson learned. Pack your CV with your victories and move on where go-getters like you are celebrated.
Your actions should impact the bottom line or help grow the business. This may not be a very popular statement. But the fact is the focus today is about doing more with less—being more efficient, innovative, self-motivated, engaged and also feeling glad about it. Take it as a challenge to grow the business. Think of ways to cut costs without cutting corners. And that’s the mantra to nurturing success.