How flying under the radar is hurting your career
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In tough economic times, such as weíve faced in recent years,
it can be tempting to keep your head down and just focus on doing a
good job. I can remember the paranoia that permeated the air whenever
layoffs loomed. Everyone retreated to their desks, hoping not to draw
any negative attention to themselves. They seemed to believe that if
they were invisible, nobody could touch them.
Even in good times, many professionals keep a low profile.
They perform their jobs well, but lack visibility. Some are more
introverted by nature, choosing to shy away from too much exposure.
Others would love greater visibility, but they donít know how to find
In good times or bad, flying under the radar can be harmful to
your career. You may be an exceptional performer with unlimited
potential, but if others donít recognize the contributions you are
making, your value to the organization is greatly diminished. This is
particularly dangerous in tough times, as perceived value is a major
factor in determining who keeps their jobs. If you want to advance in
your career, influential leaders, in particular, need to understand
your role and its significance.
If youíre ready to
stop flying under the radar and get recognized for the value you bring
to your organization, here are just a few suggestions:
up: You, undoubtedly, have ideas and
opinions that would enrich discussions and potentially influence your
teamís direction. Rather than sit quietly in the corner, share your
ideas with others. You can do this in meetings, one on one discussions
with your manager, or even in casual lunch or hallway conversations.
involved: Find opportunities to
participate in a cross-functional team. Your manager is likely bogged
down with meetings and would love the opportunity to have you represent
the group on a particular project team. Also, many organizations have
employee affinity groups. These are great opportunities to meet
professionals across the company that you otherwise never would have
your hand: If youíre a consistently high
performer, youíre probably ready for new challenges. Ask for more
responsibility. This is a great way to increase your visibility, as
well as demonstrate leadership.
Keeping a low profile can feel much safer than putting
yourself out there. You donít have to worry about public failure,
othersí judgments, conflict, etc. But if you want to take your career
to the next level, you must become more visible. Start by taking a few
small steps. With each step, youíll gain the confidence to continue to
fly higher and higher.
Are you flying under the radar? What steps will you take to
increase your visibility?
About the Author
Kim Meninger works with professionals who are feeling stuck in their careers, struggling to reach higher levels, or navigating challenging career transitions. Kim helps professionals clarify their career vision, identify career options that best align with their skills and interests, and apply job search strategies to more quickly and effectively find new opportunities and achieve their unique career goals.
Prior to coaching, Kim had a highly successful corporate career managing strategic business partnerships at EMC Corporation and Monster Worldwide. She attributes much of her success to her strategic approach to career management. Kim is passionate about helping other professionals use similar strategies to reach their full potential and maximize their career success.
Kim is a certified career coach and founder of Great Heights Coaching. She has a BA in psychology and an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership from
Boston College. She also holds certifications in career and life coaching from the Life Purpose Institute. Kim is a CCE Board Certified Coach and an authorized facilitator of Now What?ģ, a Life Blueprint program. For more information, visit www.GreatHeightsCoaching.com. Authors Google+
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-03-11 12:12:04 in Personal Articles