Want to maximize your influence? Here are 3 things to stop doing, now.

Want to maximize your presence, visibility and influence?

Here are 3 activities you may want to limit.

1.  Managing the wrong reputation.  When was the last time you thought about how you’d like to be known? What do you stand for? Have you got a reputation for being the person who….? (Fill in the blanks yourself.) It’s easy to slip into a rut and get known for things we’d rather not be, like the person who will always accept the last-minute jobs and be the last to leave because you have no boundaries set around your own life outside work. Or the person who will always see the negative in everyone else’s ideas.

When was the last time you surprised your team by adopting a controversial stance, bought innovate ideas to a team meeting or gave your opinions about the latest research in your field?

Be different, be new, do something unexpected that will make notice you a little more. And make sure that it’s something that is positive – decide what you’d like to be known for and make sure that is the ‘you’ that people see.

2. Allowing other people’s priorities to become yours. Feeling tired, overwhelmed and frazzled, so that you’ve no energy left for the more exciting or high-profile projects you’d love to become involved in? Then learn to prioritize your own stuff. Of course, the first step to this, is to understand what those are; on a day-to-day basis, what are the real priorities of your role? Once you know those, make a plan to meet them.

Set boundaries and let others know what they are. Learning to communicate more assertively will help this. Get better at saying no. In the longer term, decide what your career or longer term priorities and goals are – then put a plan to paper to commit to achieving those.

3. Leaving your career to chance. Expecting to reach the summit of your career by simply being ‘good enough’, just won’t be a good enough way to do it. You need a strategy. Understand who you want to be (your professional identity), where you want to be (your personal vision) and how you’re going to get there (a resources plan).

Consider who you know, who you need to know and what resources you’re going to need along the way. These can include a network, knowledge, skills and attitude.

What would people say about your presence, influence and impact at work? Are you happy with the way you’re perceived? Do people listen to you and take notice of your ideas?  Are you confident that you’re making your presence felt – in a positive way?

This post first appeared at YouTimeCoaching.co.uk

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Susan Ritchie

Susan Ritchie is a leadership coach who specialises in working with new and aspiring female leaders, helping them develop their leadership presence, so they can lead with confidence, create the right impact and excel in their role. She’s the author of Strategies for Being Brilliant: 21 Ways to be Happy, Confident and Successful.
She can be found at www.susanritchie.co.uk where you can download 5 Steps To Developing Your Leadership Presence – and why not come and say hello on twitter @susanjritchie.

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