When wanting to get more involved in your organization and industry, consider organizing your participation activities by contributions, engagement, attending and leading.
When you contribute, you’re identifying activities in which you provide information or content to others. Examples of places to contribute include:
- White papers
When engaging, you participate and interact with others with a requirement that you provide specific content or deliverables. Examples include:
- Team membership in a project within your functional area.
- Team membership in a project outside of your functional area.
- Membership in an organization committee (i.e., philanthropic, employee activity).
When you attend, you participate and interact with others without a requirement that you provide specific content or deliverables. Examples of activities to attend include:
- Team meetings
- Team building events
- All-employee meetings
- Training programs
When leading, you participate and interact with others from a leadership perspective. Not only are you providing specific content and deliverables, you’re also ensuring that others achieve their commitments as well. Examples include:
- Conducting a training class on either soft skills (i.e., conflict management) or technical skills (i.e., your organization’s uniquely configured customer relationship management software).
- Leading a project within your functional area.
- Leading a project outside of your functional area.
- Chairing a committee.
Whether you contribute, engage, attend or lead, participating with a purpose is a critical way to raise your visibility in your organization and industry.
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