Joel helped me learn how to enhance my leadership potential and be recognized by top management for the value I bring to the organization.
Debra Waggoner, Director, Global Government Affairs
Clients often ask me, "Why should I increase my visibility? Why can't I let my work speak for itself?" My traditional response has always been, "You can't assume decision-makers are aware of your accomplishments. How can you expect to get ahead if you're not noticed?"
In light of today's difficult economy, my response has changed. I now advise clients: "How do you expect to keep your job if you're not noticed?"
As more and more companies resort to layoffs, now is not the time to hide your light under a basket. Enhancing your visibility is more important than ever!
There are many ways to increase your visibility and let your boss and upper management know about your accomplishments. A one-paragraph, timely email simply stating the facts (in a non-boastful way) can speak volumes. Better yet, ask a client to pass along the good news when you've solved a problem or provided excellent customer service. And, whenever possible, use "we," "our team" or "our group" instead of "I," when talking about your triumphs.
This week, I encourage you to try to find one, just one, opportunity to promote yourself at work. You'll find it's not as difficult, or demeaning, as you think.
This may require taking risks. But, frankly, doing nothing to promote your visibility in these uncertain times may be the greatest risk of all.
Here are some other ways to enhance your visibility to influence the perceptions of decision-makers.
E-mail Joel now and get started developing specific, measurable strategies
to improve your effectiveness.
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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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