One of the keys to getting ahead is to create a positive perception of yourself in the eyes of your superiors, your peers and everyone else with whom you come into contact at work. This means making sure people know your strengths and skills so they view you as an important asset to the company. However, you can’t influence the way others see you if your own vision is skewed.
For example, a client once told me, “I’ve met people who think that because they can design a deck to their house, they’re capable of leading a design team to build a 15,000-square-foot addition to a shopping mall.”
Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is essential to getting ahead. It helps to establish trust, respect and confidence from others. But first, you must be realistic and honest with yourself.
Before you try to convince others of your awesomeness, take some time to evaluate your skills and determine whether you truly are ready to move up to the next level in your career. Asking yourself the following questions is a good way to start.
Once you have a realistic picture of your strengths and skills, you will be able to determine whether others in your organization view them accurately. If you have the skills you need to move up to the next step in your career and others don’t realize it, then you need to work on the way you are perceived. But if you don’t have the right skills and qualifications, be sure to work on that first.
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JOEL GARFINKLE is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Visit Joel online at Garfinkle Executive Coaching. Subscribe to his Fulfillment@Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, 40 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!”
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