This week’s Social Capitalist Tip is from Jodi Glickman, who recently participated in a Social Capitalist Masterclass with Tahl Raz. Jodi, author of Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say it. The Secrets of Getting Ahead, laid out the best practices for making a positive impression in everyday business conversation.
If you are in a new job, you’re a junior in an organization, think about creating opportunities for you to do something, which I call The Learn Strategy. Give yourself a chance to learn new skills, to excel at areas you’re good at, to assist others with work that may not be fun or interesting but needs to get done, to redirect work that is unwanted or not helping your cause. And/or think about strategically getting involved by offering to work on specific projects or with specific people in your organization.
So, if you’re thinking about taking initiative, figure out which box the action is checking. Is it allowing you to learn a new skill by offering to work on a project or get exposure to someone senior in your organization? Is it allowing you to excel and show off your skills? Is it allowing you to assist others and show people that you’re a team player? There is a lot of value in that.
Be strategically proactive and think about how you can make an impact on the organization and help yourself get ahead as well.