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Steps to Transforming The Way One is Perceived at Work

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Today, on WealthBankers Career Channel, I’m going to be presenting a number of…

Steps to Transforming The Way One is Perceived at Work

So, I’m going to have you guys have a quick sneak peek of these steps before we discuss each of them.

  1. Pay attention to how your behavior affects others
  2. Avoid behaviors that provoke a negative response
  3. Associate with people who are respected by others
  4. Find a way to get involved in a visible project
  5. Interact with influential corporate leaders
  6. Identify advocates who will promote you to others

Success at work starts with positive perceptions. If your boss and co-workers have a negative image of you, it’s a pretty good bet you won’t be getting a promotion anytime soon.

As an ambitious worker, this is exactly why it is so important to take charge of the way you are perceived in your organization.

These steps are just few I learned From Joel Garfinkle’s book, titled… Getting Ahead:

Step 1: Pay attention to how your behavior affects others

As you interact with others in your workplace, take note of the way they react to you. Pay attention to their behavior, speech and body language. Do they seem to react positively or negatively to you? Are they interested in what you have to say? Following each interaction, record your observations. Review them and try to pinpoint what behaviors you may be exhibiting to cause any negative reactions.

In addition, select two or three co-workers and ask them for feedback about the way they perceive you. Explain that you are concerned you may not be projecting the right image and ask if there is anything you can do to improve the way you are viewed by others in the organization.

There are people out there who are perceived negatively by employees, employers or co-workers. You may never know if you don’t have the courage to ask.

 

2. Avoid behaviors that provoke a negative response

Now that you know which behaviors are making a negative impression on others at work, you can make a conscious effort to avoid them. From the notes in your observation log and the feedback you received from your colleagues, identify three specific behaviors to work on changing this week.

To reduce such behaviors, this must be done continuously and consciously. In the end, remember that society can also not be entirely pleased.

 

3. Associate with people who are respected by others

If you hang out with people who gossip, you will be perceived as someone who likes to gossip. Make an effort to spend more time with those who are respected by their co-workers and managers and avoid spending too much time with colleagues who are perceived negatively by others.

 

4. Find a way to get involved in a visible project

Be on the lookout for opportunities to participate in projects that will get you more visibility within the organization. Find out which projects are considered important by upper management and try to get involved in them. Talk to your boss about how you can be included in some of the most visible projects.

 

5. Interact with influential corporate leaders

A great first step would be to talk to your boss about helping you identify opportunities. The type of opportunities that will give you exposure to your company’s senior management. Sit next to them at meetings whenever you get the chance, and engage them in conversation.

Find subtle ways to tell them about the contributions you have made to your company’s success. In the end, how you are perceived at work would be transforming gradually.

 

6. Identify advocates who will promote you to others

Undoubtedly, having your boss speak highly of you is great. However, if you can get half a dozen advocates join in on your praise train, you’ll really be able to improve the way you are perceived – specifically, among your co-workers, managers and upper management.

Remember, when you have advocates working to promote you, it won’t be necessary to be as aggressive about promoting yourself. This is entirely good because being too aggressive about self-promotion can make you seem pretentious and boastful.

So there you have it – easy steps to transforming perception at work.

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