This is where I want to be right now.
But since that’s not happening anytime soon, I’m here this week to help you make an impact professionally using your introverted strengths (whether that’s advancing your career through a promotion or getting more confident through recognition). So, let me share with you a tip that’s worked for me time and time again to stand out and make an impact at work.
It’s really simple.
RULE #1 – BE THE FIRST ONE TO DO THE “THING THAT’S BEING ASKED”.
The corporate world loves to make demands on its workers. Whether that’s participating in implementing a new mission, voicing our opinion on the new software that’s being rolled out, asking everyone to complete some kind of training, or requiring everyone to complete their performance document, something always comes down from upper management.
Whatever it is, this is usually what happens right afterward: Your manager e-mails you and the entire team, asking you to do this “task” by a certain deadline.
And then? Everyone gets together and complains. Colleagues come by your desk asking if you’ve completed it, how long it took you, why life has to suck, etc. The usual.
This is where the rule comes in. Put your head down and do it IMMEDIATELY. As in, you’re racing against everyone else to send your manager that e-mail that says DONE.
Here’s a real-life example of what happened to me after my manager’s MANAGER asked his entire team to complete an exercise using a new piece of software.
This is an e-mail he sent out after I IMMEDIATELY did what my manager’s manager asked.
Quickly thereafter, my own manager chimed in with:
I learned a long time ago that there are very few people I need to focus on in order to level up my career. My manager, and anyone my manager cares about. Everyone on my team probably rolled their eyes. “There goes Roxana, showing off again“.
But I don’t care. I just know who I need to impress and make an impact on whenever a request such as this comes in. Because let’s face it, it’s not often.
Which is why it’s so EASY. Take a few minutes, put aside your work, and do what’s being asked if it’s from someone that’s directly involved with your career.
This is why: you’re showing accountability & responsiveness.
Everyone hates doing these things. Heck, the managers themselves HATE doing this. AND they hate asking their team to do it. But it’s part of the game. So, instead of complaining about it, get it over it, make that damn impression, and move on. The more you do it, the more it adds up, and you’ll be top of mind the next time promotion season comes in.
Managers love people who don’t give them a hard time. They love people who not just make their lives easier but people who make them LOOK good. Because they don’t have to chase you down and ask you to do this thing.
Try it out.