1. Be a Silent Influencer
The workplace is divided into two primary groups: the loud
disorganized/disenfranchised and the silent influencers. Notice how the silent
influencers are the ones that people are most curious about. They are the ones
that are invited to be a part of the most important projects and rarely participate
in group activities were the loud disorganized people are involved.
The silent influencer has nothing in common with the recognition addict. They are
the ones that possess quiet confidence yet speak up often enough to make their
voices heard and have tremendous impact while doing it. The silent influencer has
the executive presence that most employees long for. They are quick to see and
seize opportunity, yet don’t flaunt their success as they move onto the next one.
Being a silent influencer is a great way to get noticed. You keep people wondering
what you’re up to and curious about getting into your circle. When you are a silent
influencer, you don’t allow the noise to disrupt your momentum.
2. Do More Than Your Job Description
Always look around, beyond and beneath the opportunities that you seek.
Those that get noticed at work are those who approach each day with wide-
angle vision. They see through a lens that extends well beyond their job
description. Employees that know how to get noticed quickly have mastered
the ability to maximize the value of their workplace dot and are continuously
looking for ways to expand their sphere of influence throughout the
The most effective way to expand your sphere of influence is by becoming
proficient at helping others do their job. This will require you to know their
job description and core responsibilities.
3. Help Your Colleagues Succeed
One of the most powerful and rarely discussed success factors to employ in your
career is the ability to share the momentum that you are building with others.
Helping your colleagues succeed is a sign of self-confidence, self-trust, teamwork and
My career success has been a direct result of helping others become successful. I’ve
learned throughout my career that the more opportunities you create for others, the
more the door will open for you. This is why networking and knowing how to align
yourself with the right people is so critically important throughout your career.
When the organization you serve witnesses your genuine desire to help your
colleagues succeed, you will immediately get noticed. I am not referring to only
mentoring someone – but having a strong working relationship with colleagues
where you are constantly guiding them and providing them the hands-on wisdom to
help them see their successes all the way through to the end. You can further
accelerate your ability to get noticed when the person or people you are helping are
not within your department and/or functional area.
It’s also important to note that while your intentions to help others succeed is
genuine and true – equally be passionate about learning from those whom you are
helping. People want to know that your intentions are to build mutually rewarding
relationships where everyone wins.
4. Don’t Get Caught Up In the Political
Being in the know is more about staying focused on your ability to generate
results while creating impact and influence in your work – rather than getting
caught-up in the political weeds at work. Stay away from the politics and keep
yourself and your colleagues focused on growth, innovation and opportunity.
Too many employees that want to get noticed believe that getting involved in
corporate politics will give them a leg-up. It doesn’t hurt to be aware of the
political weeds and those who seem to be the ones that are harvesting trouble –
so that you don’t get trapped in the weeds or by the people watering them.
Stay far away from the underground conversations because you never know
when you may get associated with the negative dynamics (even if you are not
involved). If you don’t, you run the risk of creating a negative image for yourself
that may steer you away from the influencers and thus you will find your career
in a continuous holding pattern.
5. Constructive Conflict
Playing it too safe at work will make it more difficult to get noticed. If you
are looking to advance in your career and develop as a leader, it is
imperative that you continuously test your ideas and ideals. You need to
know how your talents best fit within the organization. It’s healthy to
challenge the old ways of doing things – with the intention of making things
better, creating new ways of generating results and improving everyone’s
Constructive conflict is being mindful enough to challenge the status quo
respectfully and to do it in a manner that assures your colleagues and the
organization don’t grow complacent. Many times a workplace culture
becomes too self-satisfied – especially when the company is making money.
Regardless of the environment, constructive conflict allows you to get
noticed because you are being courageous enough to “shake things up” and
test new ways of helping the organization grow and compete.
6. Be Yourself
This is the most important way to get noticed immediately – yet the one
that most people still haven’t quite figured out. When you can be your
most authentic self, you are able to deliver your full potential at work each
and every day. It allows you to do steps 1-5 seamlessly and have fun at
work again. When you are having fun, you give permission for others to
have fun too. Your energy becomes contagious; your leadership and work
ethic become valued and respected.
You don’t need to self-promote to get noticed. It’s unnecessary to
accelerate the advancement of your career. The trick is to know how you
best fit within the organization and to trust yourself enough to go for it!
You don’t need to be perfect – you just need to be really good consistently.
Once you have figured out how to navigate the changing terrain, you will
be on your way. Pace yourself, observe, learn, deliver results and make
sure that the organization keeps winning. You will rise and get noticed
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