There’re plenty of standard rules and pieces of advice to follow when it comes to getting ahead in the workplace. “Form alliances,” “dress the part” and “never stop pitching” are just a few of the nuggets of the wisdom you may have heard. But the most ambitious individuals found in every organization are probably following those rules, too. To truly stand out from other individuals who may be following this very same advice, consider these lessons.
Project Vim and Verve
First impressions create a foundation onto which an individual builds his or her idea of you. Rather than feel as if you have to hold back when meeting with clients, coworkers or managers, project an air of assertiveness. Just make sure your assertiveness isn’t mistaken for arrogance, which can create a false foundation. To find balance between the two, always strive to perform at your absolute best, and become aware of your top talents and skills in order that you know where you truly shine and where you need to improve.
Become a Master Negotiator
In order for a negotiation to be truly effective, it’s necessary to not only recognize limits but be willing to test those limits. It’s understandable that you don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, but you have to remember that the worst that can happen is you’ll hear a “no.” As with the above tip, there are limits. Be careful that you aren’t insulting, or that you don’t unintentionally come across as being deceitful.
Throw the Box Out of the Window
One good way to advance in an organization and show your true value is by getting creative. Before pitching an idea or entering into a negotiation, ask yourself if you’ve looked at the situation from every angle. Companies are always in need of creative individuals, and showing yourself to be one is sure to be an asset in the long run.
While it may take time for you to advance in an organization, the ride upward is sure to be smoother when sharing an elevator with corporate climbers.