How to be Successful at Work

2 proven ways to succeed at work

How to be Successful at Work

There are two undeniable truths about work. The first is you spend a lot of time each year working and the second is that your work has a direct correlation to your livelihood. These two truths are a reality for almost everyone. Since this is the case, why not take the initiative to become successful at work. Today, you can begin to move toward being successful at work if you are a team player and excel in your position. Let’s discuss both of those areas.

Be a team player

Author Patrick Lencioni said,

“Great team players lack excessive ego or concerns about status. They are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own. They share credit, emphasize team over self, and define success collectively rather than individually.”

Team players are team focused and minded. They understand the value of working together to achieve a common purpose and goal. You have to be a team player to be successful at work. There are very practical ways you can exemplify being a team player. Consider these suggestions:

  • Offering to help your colleagues finish a project or
  • Being present during times of crisis
  • Asking your boss if they need you to do anything,
  • Sharing your ideas or thoughts about a product or operational function
  • Giving positive feedback to those you work with that promotes growth.

These actions reveal to your boss and the other team members that you are able and willing to step in and help if needed. They also position you for being successful at work.

Excel in your position

In today’s economy the job market can be tough. It’s no longer enough to do the bare minimum or mediocre work. You have to step up your game if you want to be successful at work. Business leaders are looking for people who willingly going above and beyond what is required or expected of them. Let your actions and work shine brightly in a positive way.

To excel in your position you need to perform your required work tasks and responsibilities proficiently and in a timely manner. When it comes to tasks or projects it means to keep track of everything you need to do, including the action steps you need to take, while allowing enough time for you to efficiently complete the work before the due date. This includes those tasks you might not necessary enjoy doing but that need to be done. When it comes to the roles you perform, it means making sure your example reflects confidence, competence, energy, and are well-established. The key to excel in your position is to produce and to give a little bit more.

Questions: What would you add to the list? How can a person become successful at work? How do or have you succeed at work?

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  • Hi Dan,
    I couldn’t agree more with this. You really need to excel in your position these days. Excellence is the new standard. Additionally, collaboration is a tool that is required by work, and if you’re not able to be a great team player it’s really hard for you to be excellent. I see it in the work I do with clients, and I see it in everything I read about the changing landscape of work. Thanks for pointing it out here!

    • Great additional thoughts, Jessica! Thank you for sharing your leadership wisdom.