In the past 2 posts in this series we’ve been talking about positioning yourself to improve your influence. We’re going to continue the discussion by focusing on what elevates you to the next level in any organization. Think about whom you consider the most valuable players in your organization or other places you’ve worked. Now think of any player that has been named MVP, received the Heisman Trophy, or the Jim Thorpe award. What do all of these individuals have in common? They deliver reliable results, consistently and when the chips are down.
There are many who can talk a good game, but those who have the ability to influence an organization, do more than talk. They deliver. They are the people who get called upon when things get tough. You know you are an MVP when you are called in on a high visibility project with a tight deadline or to give a critical presentation to a client. A lot of times, the MVP employees get criticized for being a “teachers pet” or “golden child”, but in most cases, these employees are delivering – making the boss look good. Make no mistake, being an MVP isn’t easy. Generally, they end up with the lion’s share of the work, but they can leverage this to become an influencer in the organization.If you are an MVP who is looking to leverage your status to improve your influence or if you are looking to become an MVP, here are some ideas for you to consider:
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There is no magic formula to becoming an MVP, but your efforts to deliver results consistently and reliably will put you in a much better position to improve your influence in the organization. What do you believe are key characteristics of an MVP?