Whether you’re entering the workforce as a newbie or already tenured in your role, moving up the ‘ladder’ so to speak is tough, but it definitely is worth it once you get that promotion or increased creative freedom! The big issue is how you “move up” and prove to your management that you are a linchpin 🙂
I have been fairly obsessed recently with the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. Essentially to be a linchpin you are irreplaceable, your ideas and quality are unmatched! So how do we become linchpins and blow away our superiors with our amazing ideas?
Think along the box
This first point resonates from the book. He says while thinking outside the box is great, many people are too uncomfortable to implement or adopt the ideas that you’ve come up with. It is better to take a common theme or idea and push it just enough to improve the process and make it different but not too far that people are too anxious to adopt it. By thinking along the box you can be creative while still being able to get support from peers and management.
Adapt in the team
We are always told to be ‘team players’ . . . I guess that means play nicely? I think the real key here is know how to take on different roles in the team. Know when to lead & when to follow. Know how to motivate & when to pick up slack, when to speak up and when to shut up. The real linchpin or SUPERSTAR knows how to adapt in all roles within the team. If your boss sees that you can seamlessly transition in these roles you are deff a keeper and are creating your OWN ladder!
Brag . . . just a little . . . subtle humble-brag?
Are you gasping yet? The thing with this is that if you TOTALLY and COMPLETELY rock the socks off your job . . . but no one, including your boss knows how ‘above and beyond’ you go, then it won’t get you that freedom or promotion. I am not suggesting you keep a scroll of all of your accomplishments but rather find a way to subtly share with your supervisor and team the projects that you are working on. There are ways to collaboratively build each other up while sharing your accomplishments.
Do the job above you
I am sure you have HEAPS on your plate as it is. The unfortunate matter is that in order for your boss to promote you or give you more responsibilities, you actually need to demonstrate that you can do it in advance of it being in your job description and pay grade. Push yourself to get involved in projects that enable and enhance your growth. If this means working a little longer or watching endless YouTube videos on how to solve a problem – so be it! YOU CAN DO THIS and you are going to slay 😉
Be vocal, be bold and be professional. These are the most important considerations. If there is something that you want at work then you need to ask for it, no one will ask for you. To prepare, build a business case for whatever you’re asking for. Revenue is always a good way to begin. If you’re asking for more flexibility show your boss how flexible hours will increase your productivity and lead to increased company revenue. If you want a promotion, build that business case and ASK FOR IT! You got this girl!