It takes a lot to get noticed among a crowd of people. You cannot be an average Joe if you want to stand out among the crowd. I was at an Atlanta Braves game about a week ago and was part of the massive crowd of people. It was a good game until the end and they lost. However, amidst all the noise of the crowd I learned something.
I noticed that some people in the stands were doing a better job of getting noticed by the cameraman. Many people were trying to get on the jumbo screen at the stadium. Some people didn’t do a very good job of getting noticed. On the other hand, some people made signs, wore costumes, sang a dirge, danced and other things that are not rated “G” for this blog! In any case, some of them figured out that in order to get noticed from the crowd they had to do something different. I was thinking about this and thought that in today’s economy and because of high unemployment rates it is important that we distinguish ourselves from the crowd. I quickly compiled a list of things that anyone can do to make themselves stand out more than others.
- Be a next step kind of thinker. If your leader has to think for you and always tell you what to do, then he doesn’t need you.
- Do more than what is required of you. Anyone can do the minimum but a true leader will do what it takes to help the organization be successful. Remember that “industry standards” is just another word for average or mediocre!
- Work while you’re at work and resist the urge to play on the internet or waste time. Too many people waste time at work surfing the net. You’re paid to be there so you should give them an honest day’s work.
- Be a problem solver instead of a problem magnifier. Before you bring a problem to your leader take the time to think of some possible solutions. This shows your leader that you know how to solve problems without them having to think for you. Bring solutions to your leader and not just problems!
- Don’t be afraid to do something that seems beneath you. God blesses humility.
- Bring problems up to the right person instead of down to those who can’t solve them. When we bring problems to people who can’t solve them, then we destroy unity and it destroys the morale of those around you.
- Be willing to work harder than those around you.
These are just a few ideas and I’m sure that we can come up with many more. This is definitely enough to get us started.
Coaching Question: Are you currently applying these to your life? If not, how can you implement them in your work environment? What would you add to the list?