If you said “no” to any of the above, you’re probably not indispensable to your employer. But you should strive to be, says Chris Gaborit, managing director and cofounder of The Learning Factor, in a recent LinkedIn post.
In the post, Gaborit offers keys to becoming indispensable at work.
“I decided to get some wisdom from people I respect,” he says. “I asked some of our best clients — senior managers who work for global companies. These people have walked the walk; they have been bulletproof when it comes to restructuring.”
Here are two ways to become indispensable at work:
The best managers make a concerted effort to get to know their employees and help them feel comfortable talking about any subject, whether it is work related or not. A productive workplace is one in which people feel safe -- safe enough to experiment, to challenge, to share information and to support one another. In this type of workplace, team members are prepared to give the manager and their organization the benefit of the doubt. But none of this can happen if employees do not feel cared about.
Much of what a leader does can seem unproductive at times. For someone wired for production — progress — checklist completion — even wasted. I’ll admit, even though I know this in my leadership knowledge, I have to discipline myself to practice them sometimes. Yet, every good leader I know specializes in intangible actions that …
Charles Handy speaks at Leadership All-Stars in downtown Los Angeles during the Drucker Centennial celebration. Charles is a globally renowned business expert and is often regarded as Britain's greatest management thinker. He has been an executive, a theorist, a management thinker and a student of business all his life.
The cover letter is one of the few documents that nearly everyone will have to write at some point in their life. It has been said that the CV is possibly the most important document you will ever write and if this is the case then arguably, the cover letter could be a close second. The good news is that whilst it might seem complex, in truth it is a just a combination of basic principles that need to be included and followed.
As an Executive Search consultant I would advise every candidate to read this. It's right on the money. One other important point to note: if the application asks for a cover letter and you don't supply one, you have failed the first test.
Whether you are the CEO of a large and prosperous company or an employee whom others depend on, the qualities of true leadership are identical.
Leadership is often confused with authority, but a leader can be anyone at the company -- even an entry-level employee. You can see the impact these key employees have on the productivity, effectiveness and morale of their colleagues and sometimes even their managers.
There is no question that producing results in your accountability is a prerequisite for being successful throughout your career. Without producing results, you will not even get on the game board for promotion, results earn you the right to play the game.
In his TED talk titled “Want to be happy? Be grateful”, David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk makes the point that happiness arises when we avail ourselves of the opportunity presented by each moment in life. Even in difficult circumstances opportunity still exists and happiness is available.
In my experience it's very important to strive to be happy in what you do as people would rather work with and be led by a happy person than an unhappy one.
Most managers know the obvious consequences of not delegating and not delegating effectively. However, there are consequences that are not so obvious that you may want to consider if you are not delegating or not delegating effectively
Whilst being a salesperson might come naturally to you, many entrepreneurs find it uncomfortable. After all, salespeople in many circles have a reputation of being untrustworthy, sometimes sleazy and a bit uncouth (all, by the way, very undeserving labels based on the many sales people I have met).
Helping people achieve or get what they need is one of the best things you can do in life and in business.
We know that we need good business acumen, but we also need to have the emotional intelligence that allows us to effectively serve and care for team members. We also need to be competent, and we need to be able to inspire others with a positive visio...
As human beings we love a good story, which is why theatre, cinema and TV are so popular. So, how well can you tell the story of your business? Maybe, it's something to brush up on. On the other hand, whenever I've visited a new client, gone to have a look at their factory or new office, I enjoy hearing "their story" and they really enjoy telling it. Their business is precious to them , and they've had hurdles to jump to get it to where it is now. So, apart from being a good storyteller, it's important to be a good listener too!
What’s the distance between your company culture and your brand? Answer: There shouldn’t be any. A company culture that’s authentic and deep will translate through the employer brand, conveying the same tone, the same mission, the same values to job seekers and new hires that it does to fully entrenched [...]
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