Brief

High performers need executive backing to take that next step in their careers, and they can get that attention by say, offering to help with key business problems and asking for a guide to the organization’s hidden processes and culture, writes Joel Garfinkle. “Raising your visibility is more than a one-step task to get a stakeholder’s attention; it involves developing a relationship with key members of your organization and offering value for the mentorship you seek,” he writes.

 

Insight

When you’re a motivated, hard worker who has been putting in the hours to succeed — both for yourself and your organization — you’d think that should be enough to get ahead.

Unfortunately, many hard workers fail to take that next step in raising their visibility. Dedication, drive, results: They only help you get ahead if those in key decision-making leaders are aware of your success.

If you’re cringing right now at the idea of endlessly tooting your own horn to your superiors, you can breathe a small sigh of relief. Raising your visibility is more than just demanding recognition for your accomplishments. Ideally, those key stakeholders are invested in your work; they are involved and aware in your success.

If you to want to sustainably raise your visibility with key stakeholders, read my guide below on making your achievements an integral part of their own victories.

Offer Assistance

Perhaps it seems counterintuitive to do so, but the first step in raising your visibility is offering help, rather than asking for advice or accolades. Step up to solve a problem they care about.

One mistake I often see aspiring leaders make in the effort to seem innovative, is to tackle a project no one is tracking. Attention from superiors will come to those working on something they truly are concerned about. How do you determine what it is your stakeholders really care about? You ask.

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