๐Ÿ˜ Is it selfish to want more visibility at work?

๐Ÿ˜ Is it selfish to want more visibility at work?

Duh, of course it is.

Which is why Iโ€™ll teach you 5 sneaky ways to do it.


๐Ÿ’ฐ ๐’๐ž๐ง๐ ๐„๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ (๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž)

It might seem pretentious to send emails to everybody to talk about your work.

Sure, you can scoff at the notion of writing an email for a simple client visit.

Or you can also ask yourself:

  • โ€ฆIs the headline about how much the client loved you (and that youโ€™re a superstar)?
  • โ€ฆOr is it anchored on client insights, which can help other people sell better?

Or imagine that you secured a big deal recently. Is the headline aboutโ€ฆ

  • โ€ฆHow indispensable you are to the company?
  • โ€ฆOr is it about sharing what worked, so others can steal with pride with their accounts?

Even when itโ€™s about you, itโ€™s not about you.


๐Ÿ“• ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ-๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ (๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž)

Finished a big project? Great. But before you move on, ask yourself:

  • โ€ฆWhat did you learn that could benefit someone else doing something similar in the future?
  • โ€ฆWhat advice would you have for the org (and contribute to institutional knowledge)?

Oh, and look at that โ€“ visibility for yourself too.


๐Ÿง  ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐‘๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ

Itโ€™s easy to share info with someone when they explicitly ask for it.

Itโ€™s hard to make it a reflex.

But if you constantly challenge yourself to think:

โ€œWhat insight/context do I have that might be of value to this person?โ€

Youโ€™ll be pleasantly surprised at a couple outcomes...

The first is that youโ€™ll start thinking like an exec. You'll start caring beyond your own remit.

Gaining that vantage point and mindset makes you incredibly valuable.

The second is that you help other people.

They might not use what you share immediately. But context builds up, and benefits can be reaped down the line.

And youโ€™ll be seen as a valuable person to consult. Even on stuff with little to do with you.

Because you're helpful.

And somehow โ€“ more people now also know what you work on.


๐Ÿ”Š ๐€๐ฌ๐ค ๐†๐จ๐จ๐ ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ

And definitely donโ€™t ask bad questions.

Good questions are useful to other people. They unlock insight from leadership. They reveal how execs make decisions.

Bad questions are lazy and selfish.

Lazy in that they take no thought (โ€œWhat keeps you up at night?โ€).

Selfish in that they waste everybodyโ€™s precious time.

So ask really good questions. Create value for other people in the room.

And youโ€™ll earn well-deserved visibility in the process.

๐Ÿ’ก
For examples of "bad" questions that will backfire: see here.

โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค

Offer your network to other people generously.

It doesnโ€™t have to be when someoneโ€™s looking for a job.

Just think about who might benefit from knowing whom. Wonderful things might happen when people connect.

And when it does โ€“ itโ€™s because you kept other peopleโ€™s interests top of mind.

Likewise โ€“ youโ€™ll stay top of mind for them too.

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