by Candie Harris
Getting credit for good work is essential for career advancement. Promotions
and accolades don't always go to the most qualified candidate; they often go to
the person who has done the best job of shining a spotlight on their work.
Remember, you are your biggest champion and your own best advocate. Promote yourself effectively using a
combination of grace and directness that keeps your successes front-and-center
without appearing self-aggrandizing or overbearing. It's a fine line, but with
practice, you can walk it.
Shine a Light
Successful self-promotion requires communicating with confidence. Want
to have your ideas and contributions recognized? Speak loudly, directly and
confidently. Be assertive when putting forth an idea; avoid prefacing your
ideas with disclaimers that undercut your presentation.
If your idea gets picked up, own it. Remind others, either subtlety or
directly, of the role you played in the genesis of the idea or in shepherding
the project to completion. Preface your contributions in meetings or memos with
reminders of your efforts; adopt the habit of owning your contributions.
Make a point to
let your boss know about your achievements and worthy ideas. Bosses are busy
and they aren't mind readers; it's up to you to keep them up-to-date on your
Try to schedule
regular time to solicit feedback and make this session a two-way street. Use
the time to keep your boss up to speed on all you do. Be sure to elicit
feedback that supports your ideas and map your contributions to team goals,
businesses objectives and company strategy. Your boss will appreciate both your
openness to feedback and the fact you are working towards achieving company
goals. If face-time is hard to secure, shoot off an e-mail when you have
something newsworthy to share.
a Support Team
Develop a team
of colleagues that support your ideas and recognize your work. They can help
market your ideas-and therefore you!- internally. Make colleagues and peers
across different teams stakeholders in your success; when relevant, let
colleagues see how they can contribute, if they feel part of the conversation
and planning early on, they are more likely to support the project and you.
Be a Team Player
sometimes your great idea or hard work is not going to publically get the
credit it deserves. When your job is to support your boss, or be a part of a
team, sometimes others will take or share credit in work that you might
rightfully view as your own. Remind your boss or co-workers that you are happy
to be a team player; their behind-the-scenes appreciation of your role can be
as invaluable as public accolades.
Set an Example
culture where credit is appropriately given. Be sure to commend others for
their work and contributions. Recognizing the efforts of others is not only the
right thing to do; it's a way of silently tooting your horn: you will be viewed
positively and with appreciation by your peers for recognizing their efforts.
credit where credit is due and be sure to take it as well by steadily and
effectively shining a light on your hard work.
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