PITCH A NEW IDEA TO THE BIG BOSS
If you have ideas about how to improve, streamline, simplify, save or raise money, expand inclusivity, create a happier client or culture, improve productivity and/or morale, or any other positivity generating “ideas”, pitch them (briefly but succinctly, and with passion) to your boss… and (if you get the green light) to your boss’s boss. This is a tried and true method for expanding your influence and reputation (and bringing light and joy to your workplace and clients). (Case in point: This learning platform got started with a simple pitch to the big boss.)
ARRANGE AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS YOUR DREAM JOB
This may or may not lead to a new role, but it’s likely to get you headed more purposefully in the direction of your dreams. And BTW, keep your resume/LinkedIn profile up to date in case that informational interview leads to exciting new connections.
CONSIDER A LATERAL MOVE
If the move involves exposure to new and important people and projects, or the chance to develop a new skill set, a substantial raise, and/or an improved title, it might be a better overall job move than waiting (forever) for that elusive promotion. Upward career trajectories are not always linear.
ATTACH YOURSELF TO A CHANGE INITIATIVE
When organizations downsize, reorg, or launch major change initiatives, your first impulse might be to dig your heels in and lay low. Might want to re-frame organizational tumult as an opportunity to excel in the midst of crisis.
HAVE COURAGE – SPEAK UP
As long as your tone and perspective come from a helpful and positive place, have the courage to speak truth to power (when it really matters). Your experience and perspective are probably very valuable to your organization. Informed, constructive, passionate ideas always have a place at the table. To dare is to care.