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Getting Noticed

Q.It seems that nothing I do gets me notice in this large corporation. I do my work well and have received compliments from my bosses for the three years I've worked here, but I don't feel they're really noticing me or grooming me for a real leadership position. How can I change their attitude towards me?

Ans. Take some tips from Marcus Buckingham, motivational speaker and author of "Standout: the Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution."  He's certainly not modest, but he doesn't need to be when he's offering such important tips on how to rise to the top of your corporation. He identifies nine "Standout" roles, Advisor, Equalizer, Influencer, Connector, Pioneer, Provider, Creator, Stimulator and Teacher. It sounds like a lot of work, but it's worth doing. A sampling of how to take your performance to the next level includes: Stay Attentive, Discipline yourself to connect someone to something each day, go beyond your usual haunts and gatherings to network, Identify highest level people and include them in your web, and don't become a "forwarder," one who sends out mass emails in hopes someone, somewhere within your network will benefit from it. That's the laziest form of networking, says Buckingham.

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