How to Become Known

CEO Next Door

I’m reading the brand new book, The CEO Nextdoor.  I highly recommend it!  I want to share some thoughts and excerpts from the chapter entitled “Stand Out:  How to Become Known.”  I’ve talked with many staff members over the years who truly want to move up in the company.  I’ve heard all kinds of stories of desire, and I’ve witnessed all sorts of tactics people employ to get to their next level.  Here are some insights from authors, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell on how to become known at work:


“Build relationships to deliver results for the good of the company – not your own self-interest.”

Make the Most of even the Toughest Boss Situations:

  1. Understand your boss’s goals.  What does success look like to them?  How does your role fit into that?
  2. Don’t guess their expectations and preferences.  Ask.  What are their top goals for your work?
  3. Let your boss help you.  “People who see themselves as being invested in your success want to be consulted and involved i your important career moves.”
  4. Master the regular update on the things that matter.  Send focused updates to your boss.  “How do I help this individual above me achieve the goals for the enterprise?  That’s the secret to making your superior your sponsor…”

Everyone wants to get noticed at work, right?  Being busy is not what’s needed.  Focus on adding “the most value and contribute what the organization values most.”  “You need to make a contribution that moves the needle for the company.  Something that is visibly and meaningfully core to what drives value.”

Oh, there’s more in this chapter.  Do yourself a favor and order it today.  It is well-written, thought-provoking, and it will challenge you to become better whether or not you are a CEO or are aspiring to become one.  



Reading Goal Update

I have always been a reader. Even in elementary school, I would do summer reading programs at my local library and read a couple of books in a summer. As an adult, I’ve kept this reading going. Last year I set a goal to read 12 books and I completed my goal. This year, I set the same goal, but I’m ahead of my goal. Today I just finished my third book. My fourth book is nearly half completed. How am I doing it?

Are use a very simple technique that I learned from the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It is simply this: read 10 pages a day. If you’re reading a book that has 250 pages, you’ll finish that book in 25 days. But for me when I start a book that’s interesting, I typically end up reading more than 10 pages a day. And this is moving me along father on my goal that I thought it might.

Why do I read? I read to learn. I read to get new ideas. I read for inspiration and motivation. I read to challenge my thinking and my assumptions.

Do you want to gain new insights? Do you want to learn something that you did not know before? Do you want to get ahead in your career? Do you want to get out of the rut and start investing your time in something that really makes a difference?

Then let me encourage you to read. You can find great prices on Amazon by buying used. Or simply go to your local library and check out a book. Do some research on LinkedIn on subjects that you’re interested and I bet you’ll come across an author that somebody is talking about. But just get out there and try it. You don’t need to set a crazy goal. But just set aside time to read 10 pages a day. That’s it.


4 Reasons Why “I’m So Busy” Is Making You a Victim by Daniel Karan

The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our ability to change them.

– Steve Maraboli

The power of language

Every time I start a coaching conversation with a client I pay attention to their language. Why? Because the words we use are a direct window into our belief structure and the forces that are holding us back.

I was skeptical when I first heard this, but here is a simple example from a recent coaching conversation to demonstrate the power of this concept:

Read Daniel’s entire article here:

Become a Detective by Jim Johnson

CEO Next Door

I have been reading the new book, The CEO Next Door, by Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell.  In today’s reading, I came across the phrase “become of detective.”  The context of this speaks of when a leader is trying connect with their team, stakeholders, board members, customers, etc.  Becoming a detective means to work to truly understand the other person’s perspective so great decisions can be made and meaningful directions can be set and navigated.



So what do the authors state as the key elements of becoming a detective?

  1. Ask questions.  Become curious.  Asking versus telling will help you learn so much more about the other person’s values, needs, wants, concerns, etc.
  2. Engage intellectually.  No simple patronizing nods.  Ask more probing questions.  Follow up.  Follow through.
  3. Listen.  Engaging intellectually means you are actively listening and asking great questions based upon what you have heard.  Listening communicates to the other person you are investing in them – right now.
  4. Gather information to understand.  Don’t make decisions in a vacuum.  Your actions of asking/listening are the vital part of your information gathering.  And all of that should lead to better understanding the situation.
  5. Harness what matters to them.  Nothing frustrates customers/team members more as when a leader appears to have listened and then acts in a way that seems to ignore all of the previous interactions.  If you truly want to connect with your customers/team members, harness what matters to them based upon your interactions with them.

This book will be available at the first of March.  I received my copy through LeaderBox.  Or you can follow this link to pre-order your copy today.  It’s worth the read!