10 Ways To Get Noticed At The Office In A Good Way

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To become a leader you have to take opportunities to lead and learn every chance you get. Part of this is getting noticed in a good way. You never want the reputation of a self-absorbed, self-centred person. Consider how well you are doing with the following list of 10 ways to get noticed at the office.

  1. Think Strategically: Strategic thinking is a way of being, it’s a mindset that for many great leaders is always turned on. Strategic thinkers are always looking for possibilities while being mindful and respectful of the mission, vision and values of the organization. Strategic thinkers also never lose sight of the employees and its customers.

  2. Find Ways to Lead People & Projects: Look for opportunities to take on leadership roles. Ask for them; don’t wait for them to be offered. Take responsibility for your future by taking responsibility of a team or project.

  3. Be Known As The Reader / Learner: Reading is a great way to learn new things, it allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes - see things from a different perspective. Reading also has the added benefit of teaching us the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time; a great trait for a leader. And don’t overlook online or evening courses at your local university or college, they are both great ways to quickly demonstrate your initiative while expanding your knowledge and experience.

  4. Be Open to Change: Change is inevitable and a very good learning opportunity. Stay ahead of the curve… or at least with the curve.

  5. Respect Others: What goes around comes around. Treat others like you want to be treated… everyone. If you ignore lower-level employees when they walk by you or worse yet, in meetings is disrespectful and everyone… especially the most important people will notice. 

  6. Be A Coach / Mentor: All great leaders are mentors and/or coaches. You learn a lot about yourself when you find ways to help others… and it’s another great way to get noticed and learn important leadership skills. 

  7. Respond – Don’t React To Situations: Learn to think about your options and the impact of what you do or say… before you do or say anything.

  8. Get Your Work Done Ahead Of Time: Have good Time Management habits. Push yourself to do better by planning ahead, doing your important work first, working when you are at your best and most of all, managing your expectations as well as the expectations of others.

  9. Be a Problem Solver: Think glass half full. When you introduce a road block or puzzle, think of them as a challenge, an opportunity for excitement – and opportunity to think of a new solution and be creative. This will help get you noticed.

  10. Network: Get to know people inside and outside of your company / department. Be resourceful. Build alliances inside and outside the organization. Be known as that person who says, “I think I know someone who can help us.” And don’t just be a taker, look for opportunities to help others or meet new people.

I put think strategically and find ways to lead as #1 and #2 for a reason. They are really important. I can’t stress how much.

BONUS: Lead By Example: Great leaders lead by example, they do not compromise their values. So, get noticed by being honest and transparent about opportunities and challenges. When things go wrong, great leaders take responsibility, roll up their sleeves and encourage the team to look for solutions on how things can be made better. Get noticed by building a reputation as an inspiring leader who is proud of the teams’ accomplishments.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of 10 ways to get noticed in a good way.

Bruce


About Bruce and Bruce Mayhew Consulting.

Toronto corporate trainer Bruce Mayhew Consulting (BMC) creates customized professional development courses at our Canadian management central office in Toronto. We specialize in Leadership, Communication and other soft skills training solutions.

BMC helps your greatest assets think productive and be productive.

Bruce is an experienced motivational speaker in Toronto and has inspired audiences across Canada and within the USA and the UK. Bruce works hard to always make sure your training event, conference, retreat, or annual general meeting is a success.

Learn more about how you and your organization can benefit from our communication skills courses email us by clicking here or one call does it all at 416.617.0462.

Bruce Mayhew Consulting's most popular programs are Email Writing Training, Leadership & New Leadership Development, Difficult Conversations, Generational Differences / Millennials At Work, Time Management Training and more.

 

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Time Management Training Benefits For Individuals And Organizations

Time management is all about how an individual, a team and/or an organizations (through the corporate culture) spends their time on their priorities. But, effective time management is difficult. The world around us - be it at home or at work is always trying to distract us from our most important priorities.

Distractions are in part what Stephen R Covey, the Godfather of Time Managment called “Busy Work”.

As an individual, you have some control over how you manage your time. Even if your corporate culture doesn’t support efficient use of time, look for ways for you to be in control and to do your best work. For example, protect one solid, uninterrupted hour every morning to work quietly on your most strategic, most creative priority. Make this happen before your day becomes chaotic. In many cases if you get into a habit of one-quiet hour, your team will learn to (mostly) leave you alone. Even better, they will begin helping you protect that hour… and… you wil be setting an example for them to follow.

As a leader in an organization, you have a tremendous opportunity to influence many people and to do great things for the people you support and your company, not to mention your own professional reputation and your career. Imagine the success that will surround you when your team are all working in sync and with shared respect for each other and their work. As I suggested in an earlier post, one of the greatest things you can do to demonstrate your leadership ability is to help your team understand their individual and shared priorities.

So, for you the individual and/or you the leader, I offer you the following list as a sample of the many benefits you and your organization can experience when you learn and embrace effective time management techniques.

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Time Management Training Benefits to the Individual

  1. Improved reputation and relationships both on and off the job

  2. Reduced stress and more enjoyment of everyday life

  3. More autonomy over an when and where you do your work

  4. Enjoy more work-life balance

  5. Improves morale and confidence

  6. Fewer missed opportunities

  7. Improved decision-making abilities

  8. Increased recognition and reward from higher personal productivity levels

  9. More success in your career and advancement opportunities 

Time Management Training Benefits to the Organization

  1. Better planning and forecasting

  2. Benefits from increased individual creativity, productivity, accountability and loyalty

  3. Much more effective teamwork

  4. More streamlined project completion

  5. More effective communication throughout the organization

  6. Reduced stress for individuals, teams and throughout the organization

  7. Reduced need to redo work previously or partially completed

  8. Less interpersonal and inter-team friction

Time Management Training Benefits to the Individual And the Organization

  1. Both can accomplish more with less effort

  2. Fewer missed opportunities

  3. Improved decision-making abilities

  4. Learning opportunities… everywhere

  5. Be less overwhelmed

  6. Be less rushed

  7. Fewer mistakes and negative impact from your competition 

  8. Individuals, teams and the organization can stand out

  9. And finally… one thing that everyone would be very happy to have… more effective meetings

Conclusion:

Time management is the key to success. It allows you to take control of your life rather than follow the flow of others as you accomplish more each day, make better decisions, have a greater impact and feel more in control. But it is more than that – it allows both individuals and organizations explore how they can do their best work and expand their abilities so that they are competitive in the future.

Good time management habits help you get noticed and this will help put you in line for advancement opportunities. Too often ‘busy people’ are just busy treading water trying to stay afloat and not actually making any significant progress. Then, the next thing they know technology and competitive advances leave them behind. Don’t let that happen to you! Instead, choose to achieve more and experience greater satisfaction in all areas of your life.


About Bruce and Bruce Mayhew Consulting.

Toronto corporate trainer Bruce Mayhew Consulting (BMC) creates customized professional development courses at our Canadian management central office in Toronto. We specialize in Leadership, Communication and other soft skills training solutions.

BMC helps your greatest assets think productive and be productive.

Bruce is an experienced motivational speaker in Toronto and has inspired audiences across Canada and within the USA and the UK. Bruce works hard to always make sure your training event, conference, retreat, or annual general meeting is a success.

Learn more about how you and your organization can benefit from our communication skills courses email us by clicking here or one call does it all at 416.617.0462.

Bruce Mayhew Consulting's most popular programs are Email Writing Training, Leadership & New Leadership Development, Difficult Conversations, Generational Differences / Millennials At Work, Time Management Training and more.

Support Employee Engagement. It Doesn't Make Cents... It Makes Dollars.

Sorry for the word play in the title. I couldn’t help it. But hopefully in increased your engagement.

For years Gallup research has shown us approximately 65% of employees are only moderately engaged and 15% of employees are fully disengaged. And unfortunately these engagement numbers are getting worse in many cases.

We know engaged employees are happier and enjoy their work. Engaged employees also have greater productivity, make fewer mistakes, have higher customer satisfaction rates and lower turnover… and those are only some of the most obvious benefits. Clearly, improving engagement of the 65% of your employees can have tremendous impact to your business. According to Neil Pasricha, entrepreneur and author of the best-selling ‘The Book of Awesome’ series and ‘The Happiness Equation’, happy and engaged people are:

  • Are 31% more productive

  • Reach 37% higher sales

  • Are 300% more creative than their peers

As Anne M. Mulcahy’s said years ago, “Employees are a company's greatest asset - they're your competitive advantage.”True then and still is.

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To tap into this 65% of employees, organizations are embracing soft skills. Why? Because research is also showing us that 5 out of the top 7 Leadership Skills are soft skills. Simply put, traditional leadership approaches fail because employees want a different relationship than they had 40, 50, 60 years ago. Today, the organizations and leaders who are winning have learned to adapt. 

As a leader you play an incredibly important role in shaping the culture of your team. You are going to make it, break it or leave it broken (if you inherited a team). Your teams’ results, attitude and loyalty will tell you exactly how well you are doing... you don't need an expensive Employee Survey to know how well you are doing.

Here are 3 ways leaders like you can begin to develop a strong corporate culture and your team.

1.     Be Transparent

A transparent workplace breaks down silos and promotes open communication.

When workplaces are transparent, employees don’t have to wonder what’s important, everyone see the big picture and can see how their work is important to the greater good. Transparency also encourages employees to share their achievements and to seek out support when they don’t know something or need a creative boost… not to mention creating a safer more positive environment. 

2.     Set / Manage Expectations 

When leaders treat employees like children, they often get demotivated employees. The reverse is also true.

If you want your employees to be empowered you have to let them know what you expect of them. And, they’ll want to know what they can expect from you because employee engagement is a two-way street. When you are clear about expectations you lay the foundation to build trust and a community. For example, imagine how excited your team will feel when you tell them your goal is to:

  • Help them contribute and reach their short and long-term goals

  • Give them the autonomy and to contribute in a meaningful way (how, when and what they work on)

  • Help them do work they can be proud of

  • Help them find work that is in-line with their professional goals (only 20% is necessary… but that’s for another another blog)

And equally important, you need to share you expect them to:

  • Be professional, proactive, creative, strategic and demonstrate organizational values

  • Reach their goals – as they’ve agreed to with you, on time and on budget

  • Provide you with accurate and timely updates

  • Come to you early with challenges and not to surprise you – be a coach / mentor to them

Great leaders realize change is everywhere and every project will have unique challenges. Great leaders coach their team to expect change, not fear it and to expect to work differently tomorrow than they did today.

3.     Focus on Strengths

Fact! Everyone loves to feel pride when they know they are working at an expert level… even if they are introverts and don’t want public attention. Simply knowing you have an expertise evokes feelings that are inspiring and motivating. So, become the leader who helps everyone near you become an expert in an area that is in-line with their professional goals. You will begin seeing benefits like:

  • Increased performance

  • Increased creativity

  • Increased teamwork / collaboration… helping out

  • Decrease in errors

So, here is the thing. You can’t make someone an expert in something they don’t like doing. The simple answer is people become excellent when they are motivated by three things:

  • Tasks we enjoy spending time doing

  • Tasks we are good at

  • Tasks that give us strength – that empower our spirit

When you have identified the things that each employee enjoys doing, focus your and their effort on what they do exceptionally well. Why? Because while it’s important to always understand what doesn’t work so you don’t repeat it, spending time studying only failure sucks the joy out of the task and will never help us get so familiar with what does work.

 Conclusion

Why does this positive approach work?

This works because employees who are engaged (involved in the goals, timing and decisions surrounding their work) are far more motivated to push toward their success and the success of the organization. Successful organizations give their employees the opportunity to feel what it’s like to have their voices heard and to know they contribute to the corporate strategy and success.

And don’t worry, it doesn’t take more time… you do have time for this. In fact, you will be spending more time on positive work yourself rather than trying to force, coerce or bribe people to do great work… or worse yet… having to do the work yourself. Also, you will spend less time holding interviews to fill vacant spots because your best talent just quit.


About Bruce and Bruce Mayhew Consulting.

Toronto corporate trainer Bruce Mayhew Consulting (BMC) creates customized professional development courses at our Canadian management central office in Toronto. We specialize in Leadership, Communication and other soft skills training solutions.

BMC helps your greatest assets think productive and be productive.

Bruce is an experienced motivational speaker in Toronto and has inspired audiences across Canada and within the USA and the UK. Bruce works hard to always make sure your training event, conference, retreat, or annual general meeting is a success.

If you would like to learn more about how you and your organization can benefit from our communication skills courses email us by clicking here or one call does it all at 416.617.0462.

Bruce Mayhew Consulting's most popular programs are Email Writing Training, Leadership & New Leadership Development, Difficult Conversations, Generational Differences / Millennials At Work, Time Management Training and more.


Having A Challenge With Employee Performance or Employee Behaviour?

If you’re having a challenge because employee performance or employee behaviour is not at the level your business and customers need, you are not alone.

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In the next few minutes we are going to discuss 6 solutions that will make a difference.

Step 1. Evaluate The Challenge.

Are you having a performance challenge or a behaviour challenge… or both?

Performance: Usually easy to fix because it is related to skills and / or knowledge.

Behaviour: Usually more difficult to fix because it is related to a person’s actions supported by beliefs, personality and/or attitude.

Note: A challenge can be both.

Both: Usually more difficult to fix as well. If a person’s behaviour (absenteeism), results in them missing performance (job) deliverables.

In either case, if a leader does not address employee challenges, the challenges and the employee will negatively impact the organization. Morale will likely drop, other team performance and behaviour may drop, overall employee absenteeism and staff turnover may go up resulting in higher hiring and re-training costs and in worst-case scenarios, the corporate brand suffers.

Step 2. Inform

While it will potentially be a quicker solution if the challenge is performance based, recognize when you bring this up with your employee, they may feel vulnerable. This vulnerability can be that they are letting you down, they may fear they are going to be fired and/or they may be embarrassed. For all of these reasons and more, when you share the challenge, do it at a time and place the employee will feel protected and have time to explore and perhaps re-set their emotions.

Step 3. Manage Expectations

As their leader, go through your expectations. Hopefully this will not be the first time they have heard this content. Confirm they are on the same page – have them share those expectations back to you.

If it is a performance challenge training is often a reasonably cost effective and timely solution. Coaching and/or mentoring is also often a good support.

If it is a behaviour challenge it may be helpful to have their job description and employee contract on hand. A review of company values is also often helpful. As with a performance challenge, coaching and/or mentoring is also often a good support although a more senior / experienced coach and/or mentor is recommended.

Work with them (don’t dictate), to find solutions for them to increase their performance and/or change their behaviour. Make them part of the solution, noting the solution does have to be in line with department / project needs, team respect and company values.

Step 4. Check In

Follow-up shortly after… perhaps a day or two later. Make sure they feel good about the meeting you had and ask if they have any other questions or ideas now that they have had more time.

Step 5. Implement Solution(s)

Make a plan and take it step by step. By all means, keep everyone informed of your expectations and what changes are being made.

As you share information focus on why the changes are being made and most importantly how it impacts them. Far too often leaders focus on how the change impacts the business or customers… but forget how they impact to people who have to carry out the change. How does change make your employees lives better? Do the changes:

  • Provide a learning opportunity and potential for growth?

  • Make their work easier?

  • Make their work less stressful?

  • Make their work / more safe?

  • Make the product / service / company more environmentally sustainable - therefore they can be proud?

  • Increase communication with other departments?

No matter who you are or where you are, when you experience change fear and hesitation of the unknown is a natural response. As a leader it’s our responsibility to anticipate this fear and plan in advance how to minimize it.

Step 6. Keep A Respectful Eye On Performance And Behaviour

When it’s necessary, feedback should be constructive and never be seen as punitive or a surprise. Individuals and teams should expect to be held accountable but this doesn’t mean their leader should be discourteous or unsympathetic.

Great leaders share that challenges and setbacks often can teach us more than successes and… they can be important professional development opportunities. Recognize that feedback often causes stress and anxiety so be clear that your goal is to help everyone be the best they can be.

Conclusion

Every leader will experience this not once, not twice but on a (hopefully) irregular basis. Dealing with these situations quickly is critical and knowing how to recognize the challenge, evaluate the challenge and then manage the challenge will give every leader the confidence to deal with these situations.


About Bruce and Bruce Mayhew Consulting.

Toronto corporate trainer Bruce Mayhew Consulting (BMC) creates customized professional development courses at our Canadian management central office in Toronto. We specialize in Leadership, Communication and other soft skills training solutions.

BMC helps your greatest assets think productive and be productive.

Bruce is an experienced motivational speaker in Toronto and has inspired audiences across Canada and within the USA and the UK. Bruce works hard to always make sure your training event, conference, retreat, or annual general meeting is a success.

If you would like to learn more about how you and your organization can benefit from our communication skills courses email us by clicking here or one call does it all at 416.617.0462.

Bruce Mayhew Consulting's most popular programs are Email Writing Training, Leadership & New Leadership Development, Difficult Conversations, Generational Differences / Millennials At Work, Time Management Training and more.