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Summary Sunday: Be Exceptional

In this post, you will find links to articles I’ve shared this week (mostly on Twitter). There is usually a theme or message that I’m trying to reinforce in this selection I share here and I hope you find the information helpful!

On a personal note, one of the highlights this week was meeting Jodi Glickman, (@greatonthejob), Founder and President of Great On the Job and author, speaker, and consultant on communicating and being great on the job!   If you aren’t familiar with Jodi, you can check out her site and of course her book, Great on the Job.

Jodi presented at the Simon School of Business on how to be great in your first days in a new job!  And the secret is…make people love you! Throughout the presentation/discussion, Jodi explored the different ways someone new to the job can develop relationships and create a reputation of excellence. Her four key points were:

  • Generosity
  • Initiative
  • Forward Momentum
  • Transparency

Now, on to what I want you to know!


Act Like A Leader Before You Are One from Harvard Business Review

Not everyone wants to actually LEAD. But, you don’t need to lead others in order to be seen as a leader! This post covers the proactive steps you should/could take if you are serious about managing your career and reputation!

  • Knock your responsibilities out of the park
  • Help your boss succeed
  • Seize leadership opportunities, no matter how small
  • Look for the white space
  • Don’t be a jerk
  • Be cautious when sharing your ambitions
  • Find role models
  • Build relationships

The Difference Between “I Can’t” and “I Won’t from Lead Today

This quote from the post sums it up pretty well:

Your success really begins with an understanding of the difference between “I Can’t” and “I Won’t.”

The world is full of mediocre employees. You know, because you worked along side them. What companies want and crave are exceptional employees! Be that!

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