5 ways to add lasting value on the job

  • career advice
  • May 25, 2017

Fifty years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a person to retire from the company where they started their career. Today we’ve traded in gold watches and ironclad careers for skills and experience we can carry with us as we grow.
But while times have changed — and so have we — there are things we can do to make the most of each opportunity, especially when we love what we do.
Here are five ways to add value, be indispensable and do what you do best in your current role:   

take initiative  

You know that person who understands how to get things done? Who to call to make a last-minute change at the printer, where to find the keys, combination or account information and how to get on the VP of Sales’ calendar?
Be that person.
Be inquisitive. Pay attention. Listen. Then be generous with the valuable information you’ve collected.  

be genuine

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Keep your commitments. Be worthy of trust. Meet deadlines or be brave enough to raise a flag and take responsibility if you can’t. It won’t take long for people to know this is what they can expect from you.
Steer clear of gossip and save complaining for when you get home. Better yet, find a way to deal with common frustrations directly and constructively.

be supportive

This isn’t about being the office therapist. It’s about being supportive of others’ success as the surest path to your own.
Think win/win by seeking cooperation with others, not competition, and acknowledge that there’s more than enough success and fulfillment to go around. 

take ownership

Despite our best efforts, we will make mistakes or oversights. Own them. Turn them into fuel to make you even better. Then let others know that you are committed to making things right and that you won’t make the same mistake twice.   

be right, be brief, be gone 

We owe this gem of professional awareness, clarity and restraint to Jeff Vijungco, Vice President of Adobe’s Global Talent Organization and Forbes contributor of 5 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression
“You need to know what you’re great at … and when you know what that is, don’t be afraid to offer solutions and bring value to discussions. Whether you’re presenting at a meeting or having an impromptu chat with your boss, nail your point with simple language and simple solutions. Be bright, be brief, be gone — and you’ll always be remembered.”  
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