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How to Manage Your Personal Brand

by Tara L. Finney
5/21/13
Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or worse, what if that person falls out of favor in the eyes of higher-ups? Essentially, what does it mean when a shadow has been cast on you because your manager’s brand has gone south? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
First and foremost, it goes without saying–always do your job to the best of your abilities. Regardless of what’s happening with you, your manager, or your company, always maintain a strong work ethic and don’t just do your job–do your job well. Not only does this instill a sense of personal pride and help you get through the day knowing you’ve done the best you can do, it’s also a CYA measure so no one can come back and say you were slacking. Now, trust me, I know this can be difficult when you’re watching those around you being promoted, assigned  to special projects, and getting 
Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or worse, what if that person falls out of favor in the eyes of higher-ups? Essentially, what does it mean when a shadow has been cast on you because your manager’s brand has gone south? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
First and foremost, it goes without saying–always do your job to the best of your abilities. Regardless of what’s happening with you, your manager, or your company, always maintain a strong work ethic and don’t just do your job–do your job well. Not only does this instill a sense of personal pride and help you get through the day knowing you’ve done the best you can do, it’s also a CYA measure so no one can come back and say you were slacking. Now, trust me, I know this can be difficult when you’re watching those around you being promoted, assigned  to special projects, and gettin
Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or worse, what if that person falls out of favor in the eyes of higher-ups? Essentially, what does it mean when a shadow has been cast on you because your manager’s brand has gone south? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

First and foremost, it goes without saying–always do your job to the best of your abilities. Regardless of what’s happening with you, your manager, or your company, always maintain a strong work ethic and don’t just do your job–do your job well. Not only does this instill a sense of personal pride and help you get through the day knowing you’ve done the best you can do, it’s also a CYA measure so no one can come back and say you were slacking. Now, trust me, I know this can be difficult when you’re watching those around you being promoted, assigned  to special projects, and getting recognized by the higher-ups–all while you sit in a drab, windowless cube performing job functions you could do in your sleep. But doing your best work is a must, that’s the prerequisite and constant to everything else.

Set yourself apart from your manager. Diplomatically, make your manager aware of what your interests are, or ask about other areas of the firm where you could ‘shadow’ someone to gain exposure and build your skill set. Any decent manager is going to want their team members to thrive and...

Read Tara Finney's entire article here.
Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or worse, what if that person falls out of favor in the eyes of higher-ups? Essentially, what does it mean when a shadow has been cast on you because your manager’s brand has gone south? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
First and foremost, it goes without saying–always do your job to the best of your abilities. Regardless of what’s happening with you, your manager, or your company, always maintain a strong work ethic and don’t just do your job–do your job well. Not only does this instill a sense of personal pride and help you get through the day knowing you’ve done the best you can do, it’s also a CYA measure so no one can come back and say you were slacking. Now, trust me, I know this can be difficult when you’re watching those around you being promoted, assigned  to special projects, and getting 
Have you ever worked for someone who wasn’t well-respected? They’re in a management position but they aren’t regarded well by their manager or their peers?  Have you ever wondered how this affects you? When you work for someone whom everyone respects, it’s normal to feel safe, secure, and with the right skills–to have a sense of confidence in climbing the corporate ladder. But what if no one gives your manager a second thought, or worse, what if that person falls out of favor in the eyes of higher-ups? Essentially, what does it mean when a shadow has been cast on you because your manager’s brand has gone south? And more importantly, what can you do about it?
First and foremost, it goes without saying–always do your job to the best of your abilities. Regardless of what’s happening with you, your manager, or your company, always maintain a strong work ethic and don’t just do your job–do your job well. Not only does this instill a sense of personal pride and help you get through the day knowing you’ve done the best you can do, it’s also a CYA measure so no one can come back and say you were slacking. Now, trust me, I know this can be difficult when you’re watching those around you being promoted, assigned  to special projects, and getting 
Our guest blogger is Tara L.Finney.  She is a marketing professional who works and lives in the Washington, DC area, but she is originally from New Jersey and still a Giants Fan. (Skins Fans please forgive her.)  For more information on Tara, go to: http://tlfinney.com/about-2/
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