Bosses are often consumed with so much that they don't know what you're working on, let alone what's going well. Strive to make your managers' job easier by proactively keeping them abreast of your achievements.
How can you share more of your accomplishments?
Sometimes in our zeal to stand out from the crowd at work, we miss some of the high-impact opportunities sitting right in front of us. Asking for feedback is exactly one of these opportunities—and one which presents itself daily. Aside from demonstrating that we’re hungry to learn and improve, asking for feedback shows something even more fundamental. That we care. We care about our performance, our contribution, and our reputation.
A young woman, Sofia, recently approached me at the POWER: Opening Doors for Women leadership event in Chicago. She explained that her youth, especially around older male workers within her advertising firm, seemed like a handicap. Instead of being given the benefit of the doubt, she routinely felt underestimated. On top of it, she lacked confidence when communicating new ideas or solutions, a factor that only hurt her credibility.
Is her youth indeed a hurdle or an asset?
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