Sing Your Own Praises: Leveraging The Power Of Self-Advocacy
January 30, 2019
Pulse check: when you read the title of today's blog, did you simultaneously cringe and blush, awash with self-conscious discomfort? It's a common occurrence at this phase of any full-time corporate rebellion.Understanding your role, aligning your goals, andbuilding bridgesall deliver very clear-cut, mutually beneficial results for you and those around you. However, singing (Note: not whispering, not murmuring, not mumbling) your own praises, at least at first, can feel like it's all about you.
Yes, sometimes self-advocacy is all about you, and (wait for it) that's okay. However, consistently and strategically promoting your successes as well as the successes of your team, your clients, and your company can also yield big-picture advantages that benefit your organization as a whole, all while sustaining momentum on your personal corporate rebellion. Best of all, broadcasting your wins means you can stop waiting for others to acknowledge your efforts and plants you firmly in the driver's seat of your own career.
Make Documenting Your Wins A Year-Round Practice
The first step in singing your own praises? Recognizing and documenting your praiseworthy achievements. For most people, documenting wins is a once-a-year event that coincides with their annual review; they only write down attained accomplishments after they've received the date of their employee evaluation. This often results in scrambling to remember their biggest triumphs but forgetting about many of the smaller, yet still valuable, victories.
Don't wait to document a win. Full-time rebels recognize the importance of creating a running inventory. Whether it's an elaborate spreadsheet with customized headers or a simple Google doc with abbreviated bullet points, make tracking your individual metrics, achievements, and successes (no matter how insignificant they may seem) a year-round practice.
Walking The Line Between Strategic Broadcast And Superfluous Boast
Once you've aggregated the list of your corporate coups, you're ready for step two in successfully singing your own praises: announcing your wins internally. Note: there is a difference between a strategic broadcast and superfluous boast. Before you begin self-advocating, determine who really needs to know and (most importantly) why they should care. Understanding your lane and how your achievements contribute to the company's objectives can help you connect your current accomplishment to a future goal for your team, department, client, or corporation to maximize reach and impact within your organization.
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