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Do you rock at your “one thing”? August 1, 2008

Posted by dreanotes in Personal, Work-Related.
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Have you heard of the “one thing”?

And no, I’m not talking about that part in City Slickers where Curly says that life is about “one thing”….

I’m talking about something much more hard to reach. I’m talking about the “one thing” it takes to be the best – the “one thing” it takes for people to notice you – the “one thing” that only certain people know and that helps them get ahead in their careers. Do you know what it is? Do you rock at it? Do other people KNOW you rock at it??

In a company as large as IBM, it’s hard to stand out. Sure, you can stand out in your team or your business unit. But to stand out beyond that is a little difficult if you’re not in the right position. Now, Luis and Gia (when she was Blue) stand out. They are in above-region positions, and have the “reach” of a much larger audience. More people get to see what they do and how they are in their job. And, each one of them bring/brought to the table that “one thing”! They have and share the one thing that makes them stand out and makes people want to leverage them. They rock and everyone knows it!! 🙂

But, if you’re in the trenches – how do you get your “one thing” noticed? If you think you rock, how do you know for sure? How do let other people know your “one thing”? How do you get other people to WANT your “one thing”? And what if your “one thing” isn’t something that’s typical of your job? Then what? How do you stand out? How do you move ahead?

I’m at a loss here, folks. I think I have that “one thing” – but I can’t seem to get it known – or wanted – above my little “sphere of influence”. How do you expand that sphere? Can you help?????

Or…maybe…I just don’t rock.



1. Luis Benitez - August 1, 2008

Hi Andrea!

Thanks for the praises. I’m just glad that I can help the organization move forward. I really like my new job for that. In my previous role, I felt really limited.. and unless a customer was paying for it, I couldn’t move a finger. Now, I have the freedom to create assets that I know would be beneficial to the organization.

My recommendation? Keep blogging! Actively participate in community discussions (either via phone, forums, wikis, etc). Unfortunately, not everyone is using a feed reader yet, and if they are they may not know about you. Thus, you have to use all the above mediums to advertise yourself.

If what you have is techie oriented, write an article for developerWorks! I can mentor you through that process if you want.

It takes some work initially, but it’s worth it.

2. Gia Lyons - August 2, 2008

Ooo, the developerWorks thing is a good idea, for sure. Also, being in the Central Region doesn’t help, where tenure plays an important role in being noticed.

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