While doing a corporate session for a group of managers, I was asked this question — ‘Payal, how can I stand out from others in my organization?’ And trust me when I say, this has been a question I’ve been asked a zillion times.
Getting noticed at work has been a topic that has been debated for years. I’ve written about it in my book Achieve Unstoppable Success in Ant Economy. I’ve spoken about it on my podcast too.
In every 1:1 coaching session, I share many tips and suggestions for the same. I think it’s an important question, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
Years back, when I left corporate America and started in executive coaching and leadership speaking, I saw that there were hundreds and thousands like me already there.
People in my field were scrambling for opportunities in the same market. Everyone was trying to prove themselves better than the others through more certifications and pricing. I felt there
Don’t you feel that there are a million of you? There is one open position in your department, and there are hundreds and thousands of applicants ready to grab it. And then you find yourself begging for that position and playing dirty corporate politics.
If you know me, you know I am a simple living and high thinking person. I stay away from dirty corporate and business politics.
But yet, you’ve got to stand out from the rest. And the truth is, almost no one around you can tell how you’re different or better than your competitors.
So what do you do to stand out?
The simple idea is this: You differentiate yourself in every way.
For instance, one of my clients aims to be a CIO in his company. If he keeps working harder than others and speaks about his accomplishments, and honestly, it’s not going to take him there. These are average googled methods which only frustrates you later in your career.
I asked him to do a few things that would change the game for him. One of the things I asked him to do was to position himself in ways that created a brand which would speak for itself.
No one around him was doing it; and things picked up for him.
Just as businesses differentiate to gain a competitive advantage, leaders must do the same.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to constantly differentiate yourself and stand out in ways that make you a game-changer for them in their industry. It takes much more than skills to differentiate yourself.
I encourage you to think of ways to stand out from everyone else around you.
Here’s a quick video that will give you the 50 TOP HABITS OF GREAT LEADERS.
Take care and stay safe.
Your Good Friend + Mentor
Leadership Expert | Author| Executive Coach
Date : 12 DECEMBER, 2022