To get ahead at work, you need to genuinely help others

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 1:29 AM | Leave Comment

Regardless whether you are an introvert or extrovert, you need to help others wholeheartedly and selflessly to get ahead at work. There are two major ways to accomplish that. If you are an extrovert, you would be in a better position socially to know important people so they can help you climb up the corporate ladder whether you are good in your field or not. In that case, the next question comes to mind is whether you deserve that promotion.

As an extrovert you have a choice to go the way I just described above by being a schmooze or work harder and smarter and along the way help others. As an introvert, I hate to say this, you probably have only one choice and that is to just work harder and smarter and along the way help others.

Introverts are not natural net-workers and must begin networking organically, meaning by helping others. People would sooner or later start appreciating what they do for them because it wasn’t based on self-promotion and because it genuinely helped them.

Regardless, be a go-to person so people can come to you if they have problems you have demonstrated you could solve for them. You will then be considered responsible for getting your peers up to speed on new techniques and methodologies. In effect you would be managing their work.

In a Nutshell
If you start by asking just one person if you could help and expand your “help” circle one person at a time, you would be appreciated not only by your peers but by your managers as well. Hopefully, then, you would have gained the confidence of your peers and your managers and you would be on the way up on the corporate ladder.

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