This week’s anonymous career advice we received a big question that is a simple one-word answer but requires more explanation and a deliberate decision to be made by you.
Dear focus, a simple question:
Is being visible and playing the game necessary?
A simple but important question!
The TLDR answer is YES!
Unfortunately, it is more necessary than many people realise. Every business I have ever worked in has had levels of the internal political game, some at low-level others it is all about playing the game at full speed.
The Important Truth
The truth that many companies will not tell you or do not onboard you with and empower you with the most important piece of information: How to succeed in this business.
This is months of detective work, asking questions and for many trial and error. This is where you need to build a strong and safe network around you and understand the motivations and drivers of those around you and above you.
Positive Being Visible
There are often times you will think being visible is a negative but actually being visible can be and should be seen as a positive for you, your career and your team.
Being visible often means you are keeping people informed, you are communicating well and you have ideas, insights and feedback (not just opinions) that will progress the company.
These are all important traits that leaders typically seek out.