5 tips to stand out at work

NCMA

standout at workBy Lisa Olsen

We all want to make a good impression at work. It’s paramount to our success that we give dedicated thinking time to how we are accomplishing that goal.

Here are a few reminders and not-so-common suggestions to set yourself apart.

• Listen, don’t talk. This by no means implies that you never speak up or voice your opinion. It does mean that listening effectively requires active patience and a commitment to one of Steven Covey’s 8 habits of highly effective people: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It also implies that we disengage from too much office chitchat.

• Be your own yardstick. Don’t use your co-workers as a measuring tool or gauge for your individual success. It’s valuable to emulate character traits you observe ineffective leaders, but if everyone in the office spends time shopping on the internet or making personal calls, don’t consider…

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