As you think about ways to boost your career to a new level and earn more prestige and recognition based on stunning contributions to Healthcare IT, perhaps you are realizing that such committed work is simply too hard. Maybe there is an easier way to give the impression that what you do really matters and you are a professional worthy of respect — just make it LOOK that way.
Of course I am just being facetious, but my recommendation was inspired by a blog post I read recently on the “Great Leadership” website run by Dan McCarthy, Director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hamphire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. I follow Dan’s blog regularly and learn a tremendous amount from him. In the post I am writing about, Dan pulled together some tongue-in-cheek advice on how to LOOK important. That being said, there’s no harm in having a little fun with the concept!
One action he suggests is practicing your pose, as assuming a bold, attention-seeking stance will not only make others believe in you, but likely will make you more self-confident. So, puff out your chest and pretend you have those peacock feathers on display.
Or, how about McCarthy’s suggestions to fill your office with important periodicals and books or pretend you know a lot about fine arts? People are going to take you seriously if you demonstrate that your reading choices and theater decisions are stuff of gravitas.
How about the approach of never showing up for a meeting on time, because obviously you had other important matters which needed your attention? McCarthy mentions one woman who has a rule to arrive at every meeting twenty minutes late. I’m not sure if this gives the impression that you are indispensably important, or just rude and not considerate of your colleagues’ and clients’ time.
Check out all ten of the recommendations listed in the post and see if there are a few things you could be doing to seem more important in 2012 🙂 ! AND after learning what not to do from Dan McCarthy’s tongue-in-cheek list….. consider my top 5 recommendations for how TO ACTUALLY BE more important:
1) Be unquestionably reliable – get your work done on time at a quality that exceeds your customers (and your boss’s) expectations, every time!
2) Be helpful – recognize when others on your team need help and give it to them without “keeping score”. What do I mean by “keeping score”? Essentially, be humble and don’t look for immediate recognition. If you are consistently helpful, your rewards will come.
3) Be a learner – spend time each day, week and month keeping your knowledge and skills at a place where you are viewed as a thought leader.
4) Be a networker – there is NO WAY you will be the expert at EVERYTHING; develop and manage your network so you have access to people that know everything you need to know to get your job done.
5) Be a giver – give back to your community. The benefits are immeasurable.
What did I miss? What else do you do to establish your importance? Please share it with us all!