3 Unexpected Ways to Get Ahead at Work

Want to impress your boss and advance your career? Try these unusual tactics.

It goes without saying that the best way to impress your boss is to be great at what you do. However, it takes more than simply meeting deadlines and delivering results to get management’s attention and quickly climb up the corporate ladder.

Looking for new ways to stand out to the higher-ups? Here are a few noteworthy tips to help you impress your management team and take your career to the next level.

Help build the business.

As career coach Ashley Stahl mentions in her recent Forbes article, every organization is concerned about improving its bottom line. Helping your employer grow its business will make you an asset to the team and increase your chances for advancement. It doesn’t matter whether you were hired to code the company’s site or respond to customer service inquiries; always be on the lookout for occasions to promote your organization and bring in new business opportunities.

While it isn’t necessary to become “a walking billboard for your employer,” Stahl recommends “keeping a keen awareness of the opportunities that surround you, whether you’re in a coffee line or a board meeting.”

Offer something new.

You can’t advance if no one knows who you are or what you bring to the table. It’s important to build a positive reputation among your colleagues, at and away from your desk.

Take advantage of your personal interests and offer them to the organization. Deliver a seminar on triathlete training or lead a beginner yoga class. Head a fundraiser for a charity that’s dear to your heart or offer to coordinate a blood drive for the American Red Cross.

Not only will this demonstrate your commitment to the company, but it will give you an opportunity to network with colleagues outside of your department. It’s a win-win.

Fail at something.

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, believes that there are two types of failure: failure due to incompetence and failure due to ambition. “A good boss recognizes the difference between the two and respects employees who fail for the latter reason,” he says.

Holmes not only admires those willing to take on overly ambitious projects from time to time, he also doesn’t hold it against them if things don’t turn out as planned.

Does your organization support people who are willing to take an informed risk for the benefit of the business? If so, perhaps it’s time for you to raise your hand and take a chance. Click on the following link to learn more about Holmes’ philosophy on failing.