Succeeding at work requires attracting positive attention. You want to be a showstopper sometimes, but memorable and in a good way. You’ve got to be unforgettable, brilliant and the best with whatever tune you’re singing and on the red carpet too. Showcasing your top talents and style helps get you the prize and be a workplace wonder.
Taking initiatives, building rapport and being proactive is critical to standing out from the masses, and gaining colleagues’ support and that of managers too. You can’t do it alone. Having a strong network of fellow professionals who know you, trust you, and believe in you will help you shine on the work stage.
In today’s competitive world, many of us run the risk of having our voice drowned out. Boosting your career requires creativity, enthusiasm, and self-assuredness. Believing in yourself will have others believing in you and your high-performance mindset. You just can’t be boring. Being like the next guy or as good as the guy next to you just doesn’t work. You have to get focussed and be authentic and energizing.
It’s best to flaunt your strengths so you’re well recognized for your invaluable assets. Show off but be subtle; make your expertise undeniable with updated skill sets so you can outmaneuver the competition.
Not being reliable and dependable is the kiss of career death for most of us. You may be able to come up with a million reasons why you were a no-show for a meeting or even being late, but in this competitive climate, you’re going to lose fan support. Unreliability costs businesses and erodes professional reputations. No one gets ahead by appearing uncaring, self-centred, disrespectful and inefficient.
To manage up and promote yourself takes hard work, dedication, and strategy, but that’s not all. Being likeable is a huge part of standing out. If you’re after a job it’s all about whether you charm a prospective employer with your sparkling personality. Well, that can be music to your ears. Even superstars generally need to be likeable to keep their brand relevant and generating loyalty. So to get in the spotlight and stay there, be bright, be brief, don’t bore – and always leave them wanting more.
- Be consistent. In a room full of competent people, be the one who is consistent. Be the one who does what he says he will do.
- Develop initiative. Opportunities will not land on your desk. You will have to find them.
In return, initiative develops talent, breeds hard work, and creates alliances.
Ask burning questions
Dare to ask the questions that are burning inside you. Most of the time the ones that burn are the simple and “stupid” questions. Don’t be afraid. Go on and ask.
What do you think will it take you to stand out from an office crowd? Be a rockstar in your own way and let us know if this article is of help.