Whether you are new at your job, or it is old hat, there are pockets of information that you can tap into and wise ways to get ahead at the office by tapping into information hidden within the walls of your organization. There are ways to shed new light on age old problems, and pull innovation, creativity, and solutions out of your company, and your group. By identifying the ‘how’, you will be able to lead your group and your company forward. You will become a thought leader.
Most employees get roped into their positions. It becomes difficult, with all that work to do, to look outside of your area and see solutions to problems all around. To make more money and rise within your organization, learn to find the ‘voices of reason’, as I call it. In six sigma speak, there are several voices that define six sigma; the Voice of the Customer, the Voice of the Business, and I believe there should be one other – the ‘Voice of Reason’. The Voice of the Customer is a term used to define the customer needs. The Voice of the Business is the term used to define the business needs. The Voice of Reason is a term I coined for a company reality check. Without the internal company reality check, every idea, every proposed plan, every thought is really just a ‘proposed plan’. How do you really know that it will work? How do you really know that it will succeed? I believe that with the ‘voice of reason’ or internal company advice from the experts throughout the organization, you will know the feasibility of ideas and can then take them to leadership.
What am I asking you to do? I’m suggesting that you immediately promote yourself to ‘thought leader’ and present a solution to your senior leadership team that solves a problem at your organization. You will submit this idea after you have vetted it out with a few experts within the ranks. It really isn’t important whether or not they implement your solution, what is important is that they will begin to see you as a problem solver and a thought leader. Organizations need thought leaders. They promote problem solvers. Take this advice to move into higher positions and higher pay.
by Bethany Williams