By making a few small (and not-so-small) changes, you can make yourself so essential to the work that your company does, you’ll almost certainly be last on any layoff list. Good economy or no, it’s never a bad idea to earn yourself some insurance.
In this week’s roundup, we look at expert advice on how to become indispensable at work, plus tips on refreshing your personal brand and the dumb mistakes that even smart bosses make.
Gwen Moran at Fast Company: How to Become Indispensable at Work This Year
“Virtually every office has one: that employee who is the go-to contact and seems to know everything and everyone,” Moran writes. “The office can’t run without her. No one wants to think about what would happen if he ever left.”
Want to become this person? Moran offers seven ways to do it, including tracking your own metrics and making your boss look great.
Meg Guiseppi at Executive Career Brand: New Year. Time to Revisit and Refresh Your Personal Brand
“For career health and fulfillment it’s wise to revisit your personal brand each year, whether or not an executive job search is looming in front of you this year,” Guiseppi writes. “And, if the value you offer has changed or grown, you probably need to re-brand.”
Guiseppi suggests that you start by asking these five questions and then make a list of your contributions over the past year.
“As a leadership coach and business consultant, I spend a lot of time thinking about people’s mistakes,” Daskal writes. “And over the years I’ve learned that even the smartest people have errors in judgment, blind spots, and habits that get them into trouble.”
What kinds of mistakes do leaders make? Making assumptions, breaking promises and hiding behind closed doors all make the list. Find out what else you might be doing to sabotage yourself, at Daskal’s post.
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