To paraphrase Beyoncé, “no one should ever get to thinking they are irreplaceable,” even if the economy is in recovery mode. That being said, the right amount of channeled focus and ambition can help you take your company and career to new heights and inspire those around you to look to you as an integral part of your organization. Regardless of if you are running your own business or striving to advance within one, you want to be known as the company MVP by every client, customer, co-worker or investor you encounter.
Becoming the MVP of an organization, or great at anything, takes work and proper planning. So, I found the organizational expert and motivational speaker who literally wrote the book on the transformation process.
Dr. Brandi Stankovic’s new book The Strategic MVP is leadership guide designed to help ambitious professionals become the most valuable person in their organization. She’s curated tips, motivational messages and key learnings from the world’s top CEOs into this weekly coaching manual to help visionaries take their game to the next level.
So, if you rather be seen as an all-star than bench-warmer, we’ve got the tips to help you get there.
Here are Stankovic’s top five tips for transforming yourself into the ultimate professional MVP in 2016:
Develop Your Personal Brand
Similar to the brand of a company, your personal brand is the feeling and experience that people have when they think of you. Managing your personal brand can be one of the most important things you do as you progress in business. Your personal brand should articulate your values, story, message, and things that are important to you.
Conceptualize Your Future
Successful people have a continuous focus on the future. They think about how the future will change and how they will be a driving force in that transformation. Imagine you have a magic wand that allows you to create the future you desire. How would it be different from today? World-renowned spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer has a popular saying “You will see it when you believe it, not the other way around…” this is also true for your career.
Unleash Your Inner Nerd
Commit to being the best you can be through action, education and learning. Let your inner nerd flourish. Is there a degree or a next level of learning that you have always wanted to do? Learning needs to be a lifelong process in every part of our careers.
Expand Your Network
Strive for quality not quantity in your networking efforts. Select and invest in people who care about the things that are important to you. These are the people who will help you achieve your long-term goals.
Remove the Unnecessary
Everything you bring into your life either supports or undermines who you are and what you want to create. You are who you surround yourself with. Choose wisely. Surround yourself with friendly, driven and encouraging influences that positively affect who you are.
–Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress