Some have vilified him; others still celebrate him, but whether you loathed or loved when Ron Livingston Jack Berger broke up with Carrie Bradshaw with the infamous 7 word post-it note, you’ve got to admit: Ron is kind of a boss. He’s clearly wise in the ways of concise communication and in making definitive decisions; he keeps good company and takes action. All in all, he knows how to work the world and the workplace.
How's that for some Monday Motivation?
So if you, too, seek to achieve awesome in life and at the office, ask yourself, “What would Ron do?”
(Or try these 7 tips in honour of one of the best movies of all time.)
1. Always be looking to create opportunities to improve your workplace.
Because you're inventive. And innovation matters.
WWRD: See a better way of doing things? Master the ability to maximize your workplace value by continuously looking for ways to expand your sphere of ingenuity throughout the organization.
2. Ask for more responsibility
WWRD: If your skill set could benefit a specific project or different parts of the company, offer to collaborate. Doing this demonstrates your desire to extend your skills and position. More responsibility also increases your knowledge base and puts a spotlight on your desire to take initiative-- and that's good. Unless that spotlight is from a florescent bulb. No one looks good in florescent lighting. (In the case of actual said lighting, see number one about improving workplace conditions).
3. Don't skip the office party. No matter how lame you think it will be.
WWRD: Don't miss out on the chance to socialize with co-workers because you don't want to "mix business with pleasure." You're basically skipping out on a chance to learn more about office news (and we mean news, not gossip) and kind of alienating yourself from people who you spend eight hours a day with. Who gets remembered when it comes time for an advantageous project or reward? Not what's his or her face who never shows up. Also, if there's cake, remember to pass it along.
4. Be a team player
WWRD: Hold up your end. Don't call yourself a team player and then balk at having to pitch in on other projects. Complaining is futile, and playing hide-and-seek with your coworkers isn't lost on management. Being a team player builds your reputation, and making thoughtful decisions from honest interactions with others is noticed more than you think.
5. Be drama free
WWRD: Office environments mean you have to work closely with different personalities. Don't like a co-worker? Your boss doesn't or want to care. Unless there's a real problem, keep your co-worker complaints to yourself. Bringing drama to the workplace implies your maturity level isn't worthy of the next step.
6. Quantify your results
WWRD: Those who get results get ahead (unless you have a horrid personality; no one wants to work for someone who can' t get along with others). Keeping records of the value you've brought to the compnay is tangible proof of your worth, so be cognizant of your efforts and results. And unlike the above, talk about it when the conversation needs to happen.
7. Practice self promotion
WWRD: Modesty is a virtue, sure, but if no one knows of your greatness, you wont get ahead. Let it be known if you've created an award winning program or achieved another worthy goal. Use performance appraisals not just to go over your accomplishments, but to talk with your boss about potential advancement opportunities. Sell yourself!
And remember, if these 7 tips don't help you land the promotion, the post-it could also always help you leave to find another opportunity:
Now set forth, and achieve the level of greatness you're capable of.