Let’s get started. How much impact do you have at work? Consider these …
Know your superpower
What is the one thing that you are really very good at? We call that a superpower. And in HR, having a superpower can stand you in great stead. According to Muse, this is the one question all successful people can answer immediately. To find yours, read their article.
So what is your elevator pitch?
Now that you’re more up to speed with superpowers, let’s talk elevator pitch. What’s yours? You should be so good at telling people what you do, and by that we mean what value you contribute and how, that others never forget.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Spend time refining your pitch so that you are able to clearly articulate whenever asked. If you need assistance doing this, here is a list of questions to prompt your thinking.
What are you proud of?
Ensure that your track record includes somewhere along the way, whether it makes you known for it or not, something you are really proud of. Equally, reflect on something you’re not so proud of, and learn from it. Everyone fails, but only the wise find humility. This is a good read from Aeon. Bookmark it for later.
Get comfortable giving and getting feedback, and saying no
Sounds easy, right? Learn how to give and receive feedback graciously, as well as when to say no. We do not live in a vacuum, feedback helps us to grow and it helps other to develop too. Not giving or receiving it can hamper your path.
Managing every way but not upwards? Time to change that
This is a crucial skill. But what does it mean to manage upwards, how can you manage your boss? Communicating with your manager and ensuring that s/he is aware of what you really need to do your job well is essential. That’s part of what managing upwards means. Harvard Business Review has a whole topic devoted to this subject. Here it is: https://hbr.org/topic/managing-up.
Invest in yourself
The world moves quickly. HR, and all business people, you need to get and then stay on top of your professional game. At the IPM we offer a range of development solutions with top industry players, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and here is a list of many more doable ways to add professional development to your routine. There are so many options to choose from. Wont you share with us what you do?