8 Ways to be a Superstar at Work

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to do a good job at work but I hope you don’t just want to do a good job--you want to be a superstar! If that’s who you are, here are some things you can do to set yourself apart!

  • Be open to feedback on your performance. Be sure you understand what you’re being tasked to accomplish and if you aren’t clear, ask clarifying questions. Ask for and listen to feedback from your manager and co-workers and take it to heart. Strive to exceed expectations—no matter what you’re asked to do!
  • Be positive. People want to work with others who approach situations with an optimistic spirit. Smile and greet your co-workers on your way to your desk. Do your best to enjoy your work to the extent possible—it is work after all! If you find you aren’t enjoying your work, take a hard look at yourself and your organization—it may be time to move on.
  • Be an effective communicator. Be sure that everything you write, from texts to board reports, is as well written as you know how. Ask a colleague to proof read documents that are going to senior management or the board of directors. Hone your listening skills so that you listen to hear and to understand! Work on your presentation skills so that when asked, you’ll be ready, willing, and able to be professional.
  • Be a team player. Whatever your role is in the organization, odds are you will work with others. Hold up your end of any project you’re working on. Meet your deadlines so that you don’t hold others up. Support your fellow employees in their work whenever possible to ensure success for all. Don’t feel that someone has to lose for you to win—look for ways for everyone to come out ahead.
  • Be self-motivated. Volunteer for task forces or projects to gain valuable experience. Look for ways to take on assignments that will make your boss look good—you’ll learn and grow while earning some valuable credibility in the organization. Take on assignments and challenges to stretch your skill set. Don’t wait to be asked to do something—jump in where you can!
  • Be a life-long learner. It’s your responsibility to always be learning and growing in your field so take advantage of any learning opportunity your organization offers. If they don’t provide learning, look for ways you can do this on your own. There are tons of free webinars and podcasts you can access in addition to books, articles, and other information sources. Consider taking classes at your local university. Get an advanced degree or complete your undergraduate or associates degree—especially if your organization offers tuition assistance. Look for a mentor in or out of your organization to help you grow.
  • Be flexible. Change is inevitable and how you react to change can have a huge impact on your career. Be as adaptable as you can be and look for the positive things change can bring—including innovation.
  • Be dependable. Always keep your commitment and be someone the organization can count on. Watch for ways to add value to your organization so that you’re seen as someone who brings something extra to the job!

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