At work, everyone admires the movers and shakers, the ones who get things done and get others moving. Movers and shakers have the power to influence everyone around them, below them and even above them. They’re the ones who steer the conversations in the conference room, change their boss’s mind at at crucial times or rally their team to do the impossible.
You know this person: they have a lot of influence and power and usually get what they want because they are confident in themselves, their ideas and their work. They aren’t afraid to speak up and let you know what they want and why you should want it too. It’s not that they are abrasive and rub people the wrong way. Most people with power in the workplace (and beyond) have enviable people skills; that’s how they got where they are. They don’t see others as pawns to do their bidding; they see them as partners. They respect others and want to help them get what they want and be successful.
A mover and shaker at work could be the C.E.O, your boss, your peer, or you. It has nothing to do with position, (okay, maybe sometimes!) it has to do with attitude and mindset. It has to do with intentionality; deciding you will learn how to be more of a mover and shaker at work.
It begins by having a conversation with yourself and discerning where you are on the journey of becoming a mover and a shaker. How much power and influence do you wield on those around you? What are your career aspirations and how will you have to challenge yourself and develop yourself to meet them?
You can’t move upward without help from others. You can’t impact your organization without having others join you on your mission or crusade. That means you’ll have to rally them around you, inspire them and move them.
That means being a mover and shaker. Isn’t it time?