The question is, what will it take for you to reach your goals, be it they are big or small! During the weeks leading up to the new year and during the new year I heard and read people state that 2017 is going to be the year of women. A year where more women will take leadership positions, a year where women will be lifted etc. and that’s good. But even if companies are doing their greatest to provide you with the greatest opportunities what difference does it make if you are not willing to grab them?
I am not saying that all opportunities given are to be grabbed, I mean there could be some pretty bad offers out there but at the end of the day we need to be ready and exposed to these opportunities when they show up. So how do we do that?
Well without going into too much details here is my key advice for how you can take lead in making 2017 the women’s year and the year where you create more opportunities for yourself and for the women around you.
Know who you are, what you are good at, what you can offer, and also why you do what you do or want to do.
Without this seemingly easy but soo important piece of the puzzle it is hard for anyone to recognise you, and to offer you opportunities for growth or a new position.
What I have learned in the years that I have worked is that many of the times it doesn't matter how good you are at your job, there could always be someone doing it better and perhaps cheaper But what matters is how the person with the power of decision perceives you, if they think you have the potential and you portray professionality and trustworthiness you are more likely to get the sales or job over the more knowledgeable or experienced person.
But what matters is how the person with the decision-making power perceives you, if they think you have the potential and you portray professionality and trustworthiness you are more likely to get the sales or job over the more knowledgeable or experienced person.
One example is from when I was working for a large FMCG company and they announced the best sales person of the year. They then announced the reason for why he had such high sales and having surveyed customers the recurring answer was that he was just so trustworthy that customers trusted that he would give him the best deal and that he was reliable. And it makes sense because at the end of the day I would never trust my money or like to purchase from someone I think is trying to rip me off. Well at least I wouldnt go back to them for another sale!
My point is, this guy did not seek to be anyone else but himself and used his core value and personality of being trustworthy to serve his customers which ended up making him the sales person of the year!
So have you identified what your core values are?
What you are good at and what you can offer your customers, employers and even your employees?
What are you doing this year to create more and better opportunities for yourself?
Comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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