I have had a boss, who always used to say its no good accomplishing something if you are not able to articulate that accomplishment when it matters. I have missed out on opportunities at early stages of my career due to lack of “Non-Story telling” abilities around quantifying and talking about the impact of my achievements.
That’s why it’s highly imperative in today’s corporate world to talk about the story behind your achievements and successes.
That’s why it’s highly imperative in today’s corporate world to talk about the story behind your achievements and successes. Like almost any other thing, it’s not something that people are born with but can be developed with effective coaching, practice, and exposure. I see so many bright youngsters in the course of my job as a leader today full of swagger and confidence in what they have done. They are thorough on the technical aspects of what they did and how they did something, what they need to be focussing on is how did it create value, in terms of outcomes. It could be in terms of additional revenue accretion, cost savings, accelerating time to competency, could be enhanced customer experience, could be impacting some aspects of employee experience. The key is to link those achievements to any or all of the above in terms of tangible business outcomes.
That’s why it may be a good idea to keep a journal of the things you did and that you were able to impact, once you have completed a project or initiative. It will serve you well when you are presenting your case for an elevation or looking for a job.