Gents, time to own up, even if you’re not some egocentric manic, you want to be a famous; be a super star – be somebody. Really? Not even just for a minute…. or every time you have to queue up to get into a fancy club when the stars of TOWIE get swooshed in? There is a point where you wanted to be more than Joe Bloggs. You wanted to be The Man.
It’s a fact that men are obsessed with being recognised, being given our dues, and being respected. Many people believe that if you acquire the money, power and respect you will automatically get there but unless your willing to work your socks off, its going to be a tough ride.
In the work place it has become even more competitive to stand out and respected as the go to guy – the leader of the pack or the visionary. With so many new and hungry employees you want to maintain your position at the top of the hierarchy. Elysium Magazine has brainstormed a number of way you could do this immediately – the benefits should certainly outweigh the costs:
Expert – find a niche
The best way to be indispensable is to find something which a few are doing and become the focus point for it. Regardless of the subject matter, you will automatically be seen as the go-to-guy which will place you in a great position come bonus time. Some people are great at picking up and enhancing their technical ability but are bad are pushing their personal brand – don’t make the same mistake. Know something – shout.
Money – look and play the part
The more money you perceive to have the more people will respect where you are. This is easily done in the workplace – a sharp suit will go along way; eating healthily and early morning gym sessions are sure fire signs you don’t have to settle for second best and are willing to work to achieve your goals.
Street Cred – maintain your position at all levels
Whether it’s a new group of graduates or interns or experienced recruits – relate to them and show you are top of the pecking order. You should know enough to be relevant to the future of your firm and work align yourself with future stars. Once you place yourself at the forefront of the pack, from the start, if they respect you, you will rise with the best. Equally, experienced hires come into a workplace with little or no understanding of hierarchy – take seniors underneath your wing and demonstrate your abilities immediately.
Big Move – take a chance
Be brave; want to be the man and stand out – you need to take a risk. Challenge yourself to be proactive and chair a important meeting, talk at a AGM, take on and lead one of the firm’s goals for the year. You want to take on a specific team which has been underperforming or work on specific tasks to make the process more efficient. Any opportunity you can see whether others shirk – grab it. If you do succeed your position will be cemented. If it doesn’t go to plan then you tried to tackle a problem which take courage.
Power – get with the crowd
It doesn’t ever hurt to surround yourself with people in significant management positions. Use your initiative to get yourself known and when you get noticed – grab the opportunity. Internal social networks completely remove the barriers that exist between staff and CEOs. Send them a message outlining the great work they have done and engage in conversations. You want to be known and be seen by others as being the guy that the boss knows – you will then get a new fan base eager to please.
While the points above will certainly get you recognised in the workplace don’t forget – the higher up you climb, the harder the fall. Do your best to please but get the power and influence and run.
Got any more suggestions for the discerning gent at the work place? Let us know.