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Most people are
reluctant to promote themselves and their work. Are you one of them?
You might update your boss about a few noteworthy accomplishments,
but usually you stay humble and keep your nose pressed to the grindstone.
Heaven forbid anyone accuse you of bragging or brown nosing!
speaks for itself," you think to yourself. "I don't need
to grandstand to get noticed and get ahead."
hundreds of clients, I've learned that those who advance the furthest
and fastest aren't necessarily the most talented or deserving. One
quality they almost always share is the ability to effectively communicate
their impact and value to others in their organizations.
They're able to
promote themselves without annoying their superiors or alienating
How do they do
I encourage you
to read the article below. You'll learn useful tips to help you get
noticed and recognized without causing resentment to those around
have a different mindset. You realize there is nothing shameful or
improper about seeking credit and recognition for your accomplishments.
You don't assume
you'll get noticed and rewarded. Proactively seek out and take advantage
of opportunities to communicate the value you provide to your team
Think of yourself
as a brand, seeking to promote your "brand attributes."
For example, let's say you want the reputation for "being a problem
solver who gets results."
The next time
you solve a nettlesome problem or achieve or exceed your objectives,
capitalize on opportunities to share your triumphs with those who
are capable of influencing your career. It might be a brief "heads
up" email to your boss or a casual conversation in the elevator
with your department head.
Here's what you
Discuss the accomplishment and the specific steps you took.
Promote the steps taken and your role in achieving the objective.
Facts and figures take the focus away from personalities.
2. Focus on
the benefits to your group, department or company.
A "big picture" approach softens the impression that you're
more concerned about promoting yourself than the success of your organization.
the contributions of others on your team.
Share the limelight with your colleagues. Use "we" instead
of "I." Name names whenever possible. "We couldn't
have done it without Shari Montoya." "Jim Reynolds in Accounting
helped us on the budget issues."
When working with
clients I find many of them are critical of others who are excellent
self-promoters. They are angry because their colleagues have advanced
faster in their careers and it's frustrating when you consider yourself
to be smarter and more talented. I recommend they stop being critical
and judgmental. Instead, learn from these people because they have
had great success and most likely didn't work as hard to get ahead.
You may not like everything they are doing, but you might learn a
few tips that could directly impact your own self-promoting skills.
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