Lift your colleagues up and they’ll lift you up. One of the keys to being effective at work is helping your colleagues look good. In Influence Without Authority (2nd Edition), Allan Cohen and David Bradford write about how the most effective organizational members help their colleagues look good.
Help Your Colleagues Look Good
Effective organizational members help their colleagues look good. Cohen and Bradford write:
Helping your colleagues look good is part of being an effective organizational member and worth learning to do automatically. Don’t wait for “big” occasions; there are endless chances to be looking out for your colleague’s interests and helping them as you can.
Build Deep Relationships Over Occasional and Distant
There’s a connection between deep relationships and being more effective at work. Cohen and Bradford write:
This concept connects to recent research that found that people who made many exchanges as part of daily work were higher status and more productive. Their relationships with colleagues were rich and involved, not just occasional and distant.
Key Take Aways
Here’s my key take aways:
- Help your colleagues look good.
- Build rich and involved relationships
- There’s a link between deep relationships and higher status and improved productivity
Back at Work
While it sounds like common sense to help your colleagues look good, when you’re in a competitive environment with a lot of one-upmanship, it can be tough to remember to put into practice. One key for me is that making others great helps me grow. I also know that making others look bad, is never a way to make yourself look good.
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