74 STASHED IDEAS
Sponsors advocate on your behalf and sometimes present you with career advancement opportunities. It has been proven by numerous studies that "one cannot ascend in any organization without a sponsor."
To find a sponsor, you must showcase your unique skills, cultural knowledge, amongst other things that could make you someone worth advocating for. Sponsors are high in demand and are difficult to recruit so it's important to develop a standout reputation and have good connections.
The partner doesn't necessarily mean your "work BFF", but rather someone who you trust, that has the drive to succeed, and is someone who is working towards the same outcome as you.
Having a mutually beneficial peer relationship is great because they are someone who complements your personality and work ethic, and they fill in the gaps of your working style. To find a partner, become an advocate for other people's work and reciprocate their enthusiasm.
Assuming the role of the teacher helps us gain greater clarity of a subject by breaking it down into simple steps. It also helps us hone vital soft skills that every leader should have: strong communication, creativity, and empathy.
Seek out opportunities internally or externally. By being a mentor, it will also give you more visibility and help build a good reputation.
Mentorship is about having challenging conversations that help increase our self-awareness and helps us grow both personally and professionally.
To find a mentor, pick someone you admire that is within reach and consider their willingness to form a professional relationship with you. Having a mentor will strongly build a strong personal brand by displaying your competence, experience, and positive attitude.
Competition can be healthy if it's focused on achieving results rather than battling for resources. When competitiveness is used correctly, it can serve as a motivation to hone and improve your skills and lead to improved performance.
The three vital character traits of competitive relationships are integrity, maturity, and abundance mentality. To find a rival, schedule a meeting and entice them to work with you, not against you, and have a vulnerable conversation as formidable peers.
Consider why you prefer to get work done separately. Usual justifications could be:
Self-confidence and ambition, while good traits, shouldn't come at the expense of a team. A great team needs different characteristics, and it takes a talented leader to create such teams. Ultimately you should trust your colleagues, share responsibilities, and discover creative solutions together.
Research shows that just feeling that you are part of a team makes complex tasks more enjoyable and promotes motivation. Working from home makes collaboration as a team even more critical.
Addressing issues you're passionate about with like-minded people are vital to job satisfaction. Taking advantage of the diversity of experiences and ideas in a team setting can lead to innovative ideas.
If you've moved from an individual role to a more team-centred position, working as part of a team may at first pose a challenge.
But, there are ways to overcome this problem and learn how to work together in a team.
You may have difficulty adjusting if you're used to doing everything yourself, but the following can help.
Video chat apps and other technology connect us while we work remotely, but the extra time in front of the computer can cause eye strain, muscle fatigue, and mental and emotional fatigue.
There are ways we can proactively disconnect from the screen to help maintain and regain our energy.
Having a physical workplace facilitates interdependence, and promotes healthy professional relationships. There is a sense of belonging, collective focus and social interaction that helps people find purpose and meaning in their lives.
Without all the things people love at their jobs, plain work suddenly looks less interesting or meaningful, as the entire context that made the mundane work attractive or tolerable has now been snatched away.
The more people you collaborate with, the more ideas will result, which are more likely to lead to a few truly genius insights.
With remote work, we can gather a diverse range of collaborators from other parts of our organization or outside the organization. Diverse teams lead to more creativity, so remote work lets us tap into a new pool of expertise and creativity, which we couldn’t access when collaborating in-person.
Remote work allows us go beyond the standard approach to brainstorming by using brainwriting.
You have chances for inspiration when working from home (even when we're surrounded by our pets, kids, or partners):
Remote work allows us to not only access a greater range of talent. It lets us bring in the facilitators who can make or break an ideation session.
Remote facilitation is a different skill set. Your colleague who is an ace in-person facilitator may not be able to pull it off remotely.