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Monday Motivation: 7 Office Space traits for career advancement

By Procom

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Some have vilified him; others still celebrate him, but whether you loved or loathed 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 (judging by his previous work experience in a little 1999 film) -- the workplace too. 

How's that for Monday Motivation? 

So if you, too, seek to achieve awesome in life and in the office, ask yourself, “What would Ron do?”

 

1. INNOVATE 

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. COLLABORATE

WWRD: If your skill set could benefit a specific project outside of your job role, offer to collaborate (but be mindful of stepping on any toes). Doing this demonstrates your desire to step outside your current responsibilities and take on more tasks for the company's greater good. More responsibility also increases your knowledge base and puts a spotlight on your desire to take initiative.  

 

3. RSVP 

WWRD: Skipping the office party may be a trigger reaction, yet refrain! Don't miss out on the chance to socialize with co-workers because you don't want to "mix business with pleasure." When you don't RSVP, you're depriving yourself of the opportunity to learn more about office news (and we mean news like upcoming projects, new clients or product launches-- not gossip) and you're also 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? Probably not what's his/her face who never shows up! 

 

4. GET DIRTY

WWRD: Hold up your end! Don't call yourself a team player and then balk at having to pitch in on other projects or complete tasks that you believe you're overqualified for. When you're looking to manage, you need to demonstrate that you're willing to get into the trenches with your team and take on the same grunt work. Sure, you're there to lead, but a good leader never asks more of a team than he or she is willing to accomplish. 

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. If you don't exactly jive with someone else's office vibe, keep your co-worker complaints to yourself --  Unless there's a real problem that needs to be addressed by HR. Bringing unnecessary drama to the workplace implies your maturity level isn't worthy of the next step.

 

6. QUANTIFY YOUR CASE

WWRD: Quantifiable achievements don't just belong on a resume, use them to build your internal business case. Keeping records of the value you've brought to the company is tangible proof of your worth, so keep track of your accomplishments. 

 

 7. Practice self promotion

WWRD: Modesty is a virtue, sure, but if no one knows of your prior successes, it's hard to be noticed for future opportunities. So, let it be known if you've created an award winning program or achieved another worthy goal. Use performance appraisals/reviews 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 what you're looking for, the below post-it is a proven method of walking away...

(Just kidding. Don't to that.)

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by Procom

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