For all you aspiring leaders/managers.
In modern organizations, there is a common saying you don't "get" a seat at the table--you earn one.
Personally I cringe every time I hear this, if I wanted a seat at the table I would have joined the mafia.
Nevertheless ask 99% of people wanting to go onto management role what they want and they'll often say "a seat at the table."
I have written what I believe to be true when it comes to being noticed in the workplace.
1) Be proactive not reactive-build projects/ideas that reflect where the business is going not where it’s been.
2) Kill sacred cows-the traditions and ideas that got you where you are may not get you where you need to go. Be willing to let go of anything that doesn’t get you to future state, in other words a growth mind-set.
3) Ask for feedback--don’t ask what’s working; ask what isn’t. Fix it.
4) Embrace transparency-share what isn’t working in your teams, it may feel uncomfortable but it will drive better conversations.
5) Leave your desk-your team has to be in the business to understand, live and breathe it--you can’t learn that sitting solely at your desk ( and the extra steps are always good )
6) Lead don’t follow- Build a team of people with a bias to act and lead versus observe and follow.