How to Tell Your Boss Just How Great You Are (Without Sounding Arrogant)
“You have the potential to create a powerful and clear personal brand message that captivates, fascinates, inspires, influences and engages others to become advocates of who you are and your unique promise of value.” – Lethia Owens
In order to remain competitive in today’s job market, you must stand out and effectively communicate the unique value you contribute to your workplace, your clients and your community.
In the professional world, out of sight is out of mind. Now, that doesn’t mean that you should start draping yourself over the water cooler so that you’re constantly visible. It is, however, important to make your presence known by building a powerful personal brand.
Every day in organizations all over the world, executives, leaders and managers sit behind closed doors making decisions about:
- Who to promote
- Who to give a raise
- Who to give a bonus
- Who to assign to that special project
- Who to keep and who to let go.
The question I have for you: Is there anyone behind those closed doors advocating for you? If your supervisor is not convinced of the value you add to the organization or the contributions you have made to save the company money or bring in more money, you are walking around with a sign on your forehead that reads, “I AM DISPENSABLE.” Another question you have to ask yourself: “Is my brand worth buying?”
I am sure you have heard someone, perhaps your supervisor, mentor or coach, say you must learn how to toot your own horn. This is often easier said than done because one of the hardest things to talk about is ourselves. I wrote this message to help you tell your boss just how great you are without sounding arrogant.
Here is a simple yet powerful strategy to communicate your value and contributions.
Compile a Monthly or Bi-weekly Status Report.
Always keep your superiors and teammates informed of your progress and project status. I suggest including the following information in your status reports:
- Professional development and performance goals for the year.
- Accomplishments since our last meeting. (Provide updates on projects and examples of going above and beyond. If your organization uses competencies, ALWAYS connect your contribution to a competency. For example you could say, “One way I have demonstrated the competency of “Developing Others” is through my mentorship of the 2 new employees who came on board this month.)
- Challenges and issues since our last meeting. (List problems, resolutions, failures and setbacks.)
- What you can do to help me be successful. (Help your boss help you. Specify if you need mentoring, coaching or training.)
- People to contact for feedback on my performance. (Give your boss the names of people they can solicit feedback from on your performance.)
- Scheduled time out of the office. (List any vacation or time off plans and how your work will be covered during your absence.)
If you take time to apply this simply strategy, your supervisor will gain a clearer picture of your value and contributions, which often leads to more opportunities, promotions and even pay raises.
Wishing you the brightest and most brilliant success in all of your endeavors.
Your partner in success,
Personal Branding and Social Media Strategist
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