Dealing with the ‘Recognition Addicts’ without losing your Integrity

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I can’t claim the term ‘recognition addict’ as my own, it belongs to Glenn Llopis. However, it sums up the behaviour of a group of people present in most organisations whose actions overshadow and leave people who do consistently good work and whom others want on their team thinking ‘what I have got to do to be noticed.’

If you are not being noticed you have to first look to yourself as you have played a role in creating the situation, you cannot pass all of the responsibility for your lack of recognition to the ‘recognition addicts’. When this point is raised with those who are not being noticed, they accept it and raise the obvious question which is ‘how can my work be noticed without being out of integrity with myself?’

Here are seven actions you can take to raise your visibility and profile or another way of looking at it how to ethically promote your personal brand:

Know what you Value. If you have never thought about what you value, devote time to work out what your core values are – those aspects on which you will not compromise. Use these to guide your behaviour and the decisions you make. Also spend time to see how strongly your values align with those of your organisation.

Ensure you are not invisible. If you are naturally reserved or shy make engaging with others a daily task. People who are reserved tend to wait for others to engage with them; the only challenge with this approach is you could be waiting a long time. Change your approach and spend some time every day initiating discussion with others. For example instead of sending an email talk with that person face-to-face.

Be a quiet influencer. Develop your specialisation in selected areas. Have the quiet confidence to willingly share your specialist knowledge, skill, and experience, particularly when it will influence discussions and outcomes. You will find that people value the depth of experience you bring and are more likely to listen when you speak, and they will respect and value your contribution.

Serve others. Part of a leader’s role at any level is to serve others which means you need to do more than what is contained within your position description and in so doing help others to carry out their role more effectively.

Build your network in and outside of your organisation. Going into a network only for what you can gain is one sided. Take a balanced approach. Certainly look to what you want to gain, however at the same time look at what and where you can contribute and ‘add value’ to others and their work.

Stay away from office politics. Office politics is a distracting, time wasting activity. Stay focused on your goals and outcomes. It is the political non-players who stand out as they are almost always in the minority.

Find a mentor. There is a good chance your mentor will have encountered similar situations in their career and will be able to coach you through situations and assist you develop skills you need to increase your profile and visibility.

The final point to consider is that the motivation for the recognition addict is to be promoted, however, those people who display strong leadership and who are focused on delivering results and outcomes that add value, are the ones who are really noticed and for the right reasons.


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