Standing Out in the Crowd

By, 10/29/2012

In the corporate environment, and especially at bigger firms, it can be hard to distinguish yourself from others. In a world that’s increasingly driven by performance metrics and statistics, you may wonder what you can do to stand out in the crowd.

In my view, it’s simple—start by speaking up. Companies are looking for people with new ideas and ways to conduct business more efficiently. If you have an idea, speak to your manager or elevate it to the appropriate person. If new projects come up, offer to take the lead (this is also a great opportunity to hone your leadership skills).

Even if your ideas don’t come to fruition, you’re still accomplishing your original goal—standing out! Additionally, don’t let the fact that previous ideas have been shot down stand in your way of submitting new ideas—every big innovation had to start with a small idea.