Published by emPOWER magazine : Spring 2011 issue
What is it about the topic of 'raising your profile' that makes so many people visibly squirm? In my experience it's fear: fear of being different; fear of what other people might think; fear of being isolated by those around you.
This fear can be so overwhelming it can cripple many people from even dipping their toe in the abundance of opportunity that is out there.
And let's face it, maintaining anonymity and hiding in the shadows feels safe, warm and familiar; there are no surprises. The downside of this however is stagnation. Playing it safe means you don't move forwards, sideways, or well... anywhere really.
You stay where you are, possibly in the vain hope that someone somewhere will eventually recognise your value and contribution and reward it handsomely. In reality, that day never comes.
To get anywhere in your career, you need to stick your neck out, be brave and bold.
The irony of taking this kind of action is the more you stand up for what you believe in -your values, your mission and your personal and professional objectives - and push for the outcomes you want, the more you will engage and draw people towards you...
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You, just like a Coke bottle or any Apple product, are a brand.
Few people really understand who they are, what they stand for or where their value truly lies, which is why so few people stand out from the crowd at work.
We all have particular values. We also have individual skill sets, innate talents and strengths.
And the people who have a conscious awareness of these dynamics and - even better, start using that knowledge to raise their profiles, better their opportunities and connect with the people who matter - are the ones who enjoy the most fulfilled lives and careers.
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How do you want your colleagues, manager, CEO or clients to regard you? As a strong decision maker? An office gossip? A solution-orientated thinker? A strategic visionary? A dictator? What you say is only part of the story... your actions say much, much more to the people around you.
Do the people around you - whether at work or socially - have a perception of you that you are proud of? And if not, why not?
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When thinking about a point you'd like to make in a meeting, the little voice inside your head might get in the way:
- ‘What if… I say something stupid?’
- ‘What if… I say the wrong thing?’
- ‘What if… people think I’m an idiot?’
If you want to get ahead in your career, it's vital that you raise your profile in meetings and ensure your opinion is heard.
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In this world, there are Doers and there are Strategists.
The Doers are obsessed with doing the best possible job they can. They seek perfection in much of what they do. They stay late at work. They arrive early. They miss lunch breaks.
Doers are the absolute foundation of business: we need Doers to make things happen. To iron out the details. To ensure deadlines are met.
The fact is most companies are full of Doers. And that is imperative because without them, nothing would (quite obviously) get done.
But there’s a hitch.
Doers are not the people who run companies. They are not the visionaries who build companies. They are, quite simply, not the people who achieve their full potential and excel up the career ladder.
If you want to learn how to become your own Career Strategist and get ahead in your career, read my article ...
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Take the average CV. Here's a snapshot:
1. Personal details
2. Executive summary (always good but only a handful of candidates seem to include this)
3. Professional experience (with some detail of each role performed, including dates)
4. Qualifications (professional, university, then school)
5. The fun stuff (a brief insight into your personality and interests)
What's missing? Find out by reading my article here ...
Whether you like it or not, your subconscious spends literally hours a day thinking about situations and outcomes that actually hinder your success and happiness.
You might be constantly considering relationships that are getting you down; a career that you don't enjoy; people who de-value you; your over-spending; how you have gained weight; beliefs in your (perceived) lack of ability – the list is, of course, endless.
"I can't stress hard enough how important it is to research a number of coaches before you decide to invest your hard-earned cash in a particular coach. Be bold and ask them questions about their approach, their experience and qualifications and why they would be the best coach for you. Make sure that you like them and regard them as being highly professional..."
This article covers 10 points to consider when choosing a coach including what taster sessions they offer; what support they provide outside of and after sessions and how flexible their coaching programs are.