The following message is encapsulated in the 3.5-minute video above.
If you’re not willing to champion your own work, then others may never know about it. If they don’t know about, they cannot recognize it in a formal or in a public way. Though you may not be seeking public accolades, here’s a way to selflessly gain recognition with your boss.
If you don’t already have regular 1:1s scheduled with your boss, then establishing them is job number one. If you’re already conducting these meetings, then perhaps a light shift in how the meetings are structured will give you the microphone you need.
These are the cornerstones of the structure:
1. Frequency. Weekly is the most common rhythm for this type of meeting, though daily or monthly meetings might be a better fit for your work volume and/or seniority.
2. Duration. :30 is the most common set for a weekly meeting. :15 is a better match for daily meetings…and :45-:60 for monthly ones.
3. Leadership. I recommend you drive the meeting and, importantly, where the meeting is conducted. When you’re talking more, it gives you greater ownership, it allows you to demonstrate your knowledge, and it ensures you know where you’re headed. And when you’re conducting the meeting for a place of your choosing, you can extract your manager from her office so she won’t be distracted by email, phone calls, and visitors. (BTW, if you’re conducting these meeting with your direct reports, you should request that they drive the meeting.)
4. Content. I suggest constructing the agenda like so:
Accomplishments. This is where we get into the recognition piece. The first thing to cover is the prior week’s accomplishments. (Though you may be drawn to avoid this, remember there’s something in it for your manager. She can experience closure for all the things you completed. Once you get comfortable with recognizing your achievements, you’ll blush less when you hear others recognizing your work.)
Schedules. This is where you’ll cover pending deadlines, meetings, vacations, and the like. Coming week top priorities. Listing these will ensure the two of you are aligned.
Issues/opportunities. This allows for reactive & proactive planning.
New business/firm news. Allocate a little time for asking about the bigger picture or new items.
Make certain it is socially unacceptable to blow off your meeting. Reschedule…yes. Repeatedly cancel…no.
What will you do the next time you feel your accomplishments are ignored? When was the last time you drove a meeting where you acknowledged your achievements? How are you regularly touting them so you & your boss are fittingly impressed?