Month: April 2013

Career Wellness Checkup #13

The first quarter of the year is gone.  Like many companies, I reviewed how the year has gone so far, and I decided some tweaks were in order.  The titles of my posts (CWC #x) was quick and easy, but not so great for Twitter. So, I’m writing it out now: Career Wellness Checkup #x.

I also realized it was time for a checkup of my Checkup because I did not have a focus on virtual brand and social media in the original Career Wellness Checkup. Crazy, huh?  Considering, here I am on social media talking about it.

I’m revising my Checkup as we speak and here is the first question I’m adding:

Do you know your social profile? 

In other words, do you know where you are “showing up” online?  You should know if you are on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or any other social network.  But do you know what people can & do see about you there, depending on how they are connected to you or not?  And there may be information online about you that you did not put there.

Here’s a fun exercise: Google yourself. If you have a common name, add the name of your city or your company to your search.  You might be surprised at what comes up.

Recruiters, potential clients, potential employers and employees – they all have access to information about you, just clicks away.  What will they see?  Next week, I’ll talk about taking control of your social profile.

CWC #12

Do you know colleagues within your company but outside your workteam?

Too many people downplay and even look down on the idea of proactively getting to know others within their company with whom they don’t directly work.

“I don’t socialize at work.”

“I don’t play politics.” 

“That’s just wasting time.”

These are a few excuses people give.  Yes, I say excuses, because often what I find out is that they are simply uncomfortable reaching out and initiating communication and this is how they justify not doing so. Sometimes I find people are simply unaware of how important relationships are in business.

Talking to more people in more areas of your business gives you a broader perspective, which generally makes your solutions better.  You also may have an easier time gaining approval for your solutions if you have more advocacy particularly across departmental lines.  And, you just may be able to give not just get, and help your organization in the process.  Overall, it helps you to be more effective across the board.  Could you be more effective than you are today?

CWC #11

Do you know who the power players are on your team? You know, the people who always seem to get their way, who make things happen. They are often the “emotional leaders” of the team, regardless of the formal position they hold. Perhaps you’re one of them. If not, and you want to be more effective or  influential in your business, consider getting to know them better.

  • They can be fantastic allies. When you need support for your project, see if you can sell them on the idea first. You may set a wave in motion that can carry you forward. Or, find out they have concerns that could stop the project.  Better to find out and address those concerns early.  
  • They can also be fantastic teachers, even without knowing it. Take a good look at these folks. What do they do that works so well to motivate others, above, below or around them? Maybe there is something you can learn and integrate into your mode of operation. (I call people like this “mentors from afar.”)

Think about it: What power players do you admire and what can you learn from them?