Lets end 2011 by “Making Yourself Indispensable” for 2012


2011 was a year filled with scandles, patent battles, the possible merger between T-Mobile & Att, and of course, watching our Smartphones get “smarter” by the day. Where do all these changes leave us? I was looking at my past issues of the Harvard Business Review and think we should recap our year and prepare to start 2012 with new, positive energy in our workplace and our personal relationships.

Let’s take a look at HBR’s October Article titled, “Making Yourself Indispensable” I’m going to highlight some interesting parts of the article. Feel free to send me an email and I’d be happy to email your (or post here) the full PDF for you to enjoy. 

“Making Yourself Indispensable”
– John H. Zenger, Jospeh R. Folkman, and Scott K. Edinger 

  •  “…because leadership is all about your effect on others.”
  • “By ‘fatal flaws,’ we mean flaws so critical that they can overpower any strengths you have or may develop-flaws that can derail your career.”
  • “You could create your own feedback form and ask people to return it anonymously.”
  • “What makes leaders indispensable to their organizations, our data unmistakably show, is not being good at many things, but being uniquely outstanding at a few things.”
  • “In other words, the difference between being in the bottom third of leaders and being almost in the top third in a single extraordinary strength.”
  • “But remember that it’s others’ opinions that matter.”
  • “…We recommend that developing leaders focus on a competency that matters to the organization and about which they feel some passion…”
  • “Like Tom, you should expect to see some concrete evidence of improvement within 30 to 60 days. If you don’t, what you’re doing is not working.”
  • “People who have many strangths should consider how they are distributed across those categories and focus improvement efforts on an underrepresented one.”
  • “Executives need a path to enhancing their strengths that is as clear as the one to fixing their weaknesses.”

Get out there and meet new people, work to compliment your strengths and work on your weaknesses. I recommend asking others for constructive criticism on your personality or what you may need improvement on, Mom may not be the best critic, but maybe a good friend or a co-worker.


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