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Women Can Play Office Politics Too

 I'm just out of school and I'm trying to make the right impression in my first job but I feel as though no one is paying attention to me. I do the right things, I'm quiet in meetings, I don't interrupt but wait to be asked, and support my boss in everyday work. How do I get some recognition here? I don't want to disappear into the file cabinets.

Ans. That's exactly what will happen unless you assert yourself. That doesn't mean to be obnoxious or aggressive. You don't have to intrude on others to make your talent known. Assertiveness is taking credit for what you do and making sure others acknowledge you. Stop being so quiet in meetings. If you have something to say-raise your hand and say it. When you do good work for your boss, write a memo to him about it as you turn it in, and make a copy for his boss too. You can excel at the politics of office play if you know how to do it, and now is the best time to start-not ten years later when you've been passed over. One guide among many that will help you is Break  Your Own Rules, by three successful women: Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt, partners of Flynn Heath Holt Leadership. Power is never given, it's only taken. Try grabbing some.

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