This is the fourth in a series of seven blog posts featuring advice on our Seven Strategies for Flex Success™. Check back as we walk you through the seven steps that will guarantee your success while working flexibly: Define Your Success; Own Your Value; Activate Your Mindset; Create A Strong Personal Brand; Build Your Networks; Expand Your Ideas on Business Development; and Enhance Your Work-Life Control.
The Fourth Step to Ensuring Your Flex Success™ –
Create A Strong Personal Brand
In Step Two of our Seven Strategies for Flex Success™ you worked on Owning Your Value. You identified what makes you unique and what only you can bring to the table. Knowing what makes you special gives you confidence and self-esteem. The fourth strategy revolves around harnessing this self-esteem and creating your personal brand. Just as a corporation would market a product, you need to market yourself to make sure others perceive you the way you want to be perceived.
There is power in perception.
As a professional working a flexible schedule, it’s particularly important to control how others see you to counteract flex stigma that others in your office may harbor.
Make sure that you are speaking positively about your schedule and your work. Remember that how you talk about yourself drives how others are talking about you. Ask for feedback about how people perceive you. In particular, ask your mentor or sponsor if others have a positive perception of you and your work and how you can improve your image. Your career trajectory not only depends on the quality of your work but also your reputation as someone who is serious about your own success and the success of the organization.
If you are often out of the office and working remotely it is up to you to maintain visibility in alternative ways when you are away and convey your importance when you’re in face-to-face meetings. Additionally, you may need to be more strategic about promoting yourself and getting the credit you deserve for the work you are doing. As one partner told us “You have to be your own cheerleader. If you’re just sitting in the background, no one is going to hear or see you no matter how good of a job you’re doing.”
Contact us for more information about our Seven Strategies for Flex Success™.