By Michele Yurcich
Senior Director of Marketing & Development
Yesterday in USA Weekend, I found an interesting article called “How to make yourself the workplace MVP"
. The concepts were truly simple, but it’s those little things that we can do every day in our jobs that can and will propel us.
- Deliver on demand: Be ready to deliver whatever is being asked of you, when it’s asked of you
- More skills equals greater value: Become more valuable to the company by continually learning and furthering your education
- Standing out means taking risks and doing things differently: If you never take a risk, you will never distinguish yourself from the crowd
Sounds good, right? But granted, sometimes The Fates have other ideas for us. We try and try but don’t get the recognition we deserve while others may be rushing past us up the ladder. However, it’s ultimately in our own hands if we don’t see the results we feel we deserve.
As an individual, you could easily do all the things (and more) that are suggested in this article – and the book referenced, “Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value” – and yet see no movement in your career. That’s when it’s time to rethink your strategy to find someone and someplace that will appreciate your skills, your personality, and all that you have to offer.
Let’s face it: your relationship with your employer is no different than your relationship with your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. When in an unsatisfying personal relationship, most people make a decision to leave and search for that special someone that makes them feel all warm-and-fuzzy inside. Rainbows and butterflies, hearts and kisses, long walks and wine by the fire … you get the picture.
But some of us stay in a bad relationship because we’re not sure we can do any better. We justify it to ourselves by thinking “It’ll get better! Really he loves me! I just have to stick it out!” Well folks, we all know that’s not always true, even when it comes to our career. And the faster we come to that realization, then the quicker we can continue to move along until we find the perfect, mutually respectful, challenging, and fun work environment.
I’ve been at Chancellor University now for four-and-a-half-months. I love coming to work. I love my co-workers and the students I’ve gotten to meet. I love watching the progress we are making as a team dedicated to continually bettering the school.
So I guess maybe I found the one for me.