3 Ways To Get Noticed At Work

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Post written by Dr. Bob Wright.

Want to get noticed at work?

Here’s my knee jerk recommendation: don’t try to get noticed at work.

There are all kinds of people at work who tell jokes or try to sound important, but it’s all wasted energy if you really want a great life.

People who are dedicated to living a life that’s spectacular in all areas and not just dabbling with being better here or there learn to identify the yearnings underneath the urge to get noticed, and then engage from those yearnings.

When we are deeply in touch with our yearnings – to see and be seen, to hear and be heard, to make a difference – we automatically engage not from a need to have our ego stroked, but from a need to contribute, to be genuine and authentic. By doing this, we learn and we grow faster.

So, stop worrying about being liked or getting noticed. Here are three ways that can get you the deep recognition you want, and ultimately more satisfaction at work and in your life.

1. Be good 

The key to getting noticed is doing a great job by learning and growing. Engaging universally is the most integrous position to take. Fully applying ourselves makes us valuable and ultimately noticed.

When you’re really engaging at work, you become a “netgiver” at work -a person who elevates those who work with them. It could be by raising your hand for an ad-hoc committee, by speaking up when you don’t think the proposed plan will succeed, or supporting a co-worker with your vision of what you think is possible for them in their project or career.

If you deal in fully, and are still not getting acknowledged, your engaged and radiant way of being will naturally draw others to you and draw you into newer, cooler opportunities elsewhere.

2. Be satisfied with, and proud of, who you are

What really matters more: that other people notice us or that we feel proud of ourselves?

Satisfaction is never gained in the long run by getting attention from others; it’s always gained by the fact that we are all living true to our potential and our higher selves.

The truth is that the highest performers are never completely satisfied. They always yearn for more, but they also have the knowledge and self-respect that they are living to their highest vision.

Operating in a way that makes you feel proud to be who you are means you’ll know you’re doing the right things.

You’ll be focused on the company’s higher purpose and mission, by engaging in what they have paid you with your heart, your mind, your feelings, your muscle, and everything you have.

3. Be in contact with others

We’ve found in our research that high performing students in our programs universally love what they do. They don’t love what they do because it’s special or sexy. They love it because they engage fully. Through full engagement, they not only learn and grow more than others; they are in better rapport with others as well.

When you listen to somebody, really listen. And when you talk, talk with your mind and your heart. Make sure that you look at them as you ask questions and share of yourself. Social and Emotional Intelligence is the term for this kind of contact. It’s where we know what’s going on inside of us and can also know what’s going on inside of others. This is where we can touch others because we’re allowing the world to touch us.

In the long haul, our persistence, engagement, learning and growing will cause us to be highly valued.

Dr. Bob Wright is an internationally recognised visionary, educator, best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive coach. He is the author of Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living, and Beyond Time Management: Business with Purpose and has been recognised as a top executive coach by Crain’s Chicago Business and has coached CEOs across the country from leading-name public companies to entrepreneurial startup businesses, helping thousands of people across the country transform their careers, relationships, and lives. Get two chapters of Dr. Bob Wright’s book.

photo source: wsa.wesleyan.edu

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