How to be a top team member
We all want to be known for doing great work, but sometimes it’s hard to determine how best to stand-out among your peers or to make a professional impact.
Here are 5 quick tips to help you become the MVP of your team, no matter what your role:
Tip #1: Be reliable
Having great follow-through is a desirable skill set, and something that you demonstrate over time.
Whenever you are given a task, to-do, or commit to deliver something, ensure that you do it. When your colleagues and manager feel that they can rely on you, you’re seen as a valuable contributor to the team.
Communication is also key. There will always be times when schedules go sideways or you encounter roadblocks. Be sure to communicate when, where, and how you will deliver against your objectives and keep those impacted in the know of any changes to the plan or deliverable date.
Tip #2: Be flexible
What’s being asked of you may change from time to time as the needs of the business evolve. Try not to stay tied to current practices and processes. Be open to trying new ways of working and feel empowered to share your feedback on what works and what could be adjusted.
New tasks are a great way to expand your skill set and demonstrate that you have more to give. And, accepting and excelling at new tasks puts you in a great position to discuss a promotion or to pursue other professional development opportunities.
Tip #3: Share information and resources
When you come across great intel or have tips of the trade, share them with your team and manager. It positions you as a thought leader and shows that you’re engaged in your work.
It’s also a great way to be seen as a mentor — someone that others can go to with questions or for guidance. This is another great skill that sets you up for upward mobility within your organization.
Tip #4: Stay positive
We all have off days at work, but try to remain upbeat and positive overall. People respond more favourably to positive rhetoric, so take note of the words you choose and the tone you use with your peers, management, and any customers or clients that you interact with.
When receiving feedback, be sure to look for — and ask for — the positive in addition to any constructive feedback. It will help you to identify areas that you can improve upon and also prompts the individual giving the feedback to be more positive as well.
Tip #5: Self-promote
Don’t let your hard work fly under the radar! Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Talk about what you’ve been working on and the positive results/impacts in 1:1 meetings with your manager.
Whenever possible, share metrics around how your contributions impact the business. This will help you progress more quickly within your role, company, and industry.
At The West Egg Group of companies, we encourage team members to strive to be their best selves and to support one another in their pursuit of professional development and the learning of new skills.
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