Some time ago, I worked with a wonderful lady who was the team comedian. She was known as ‘the joker’.
Which is all very well, but she wanted a promotion and nobody could imagine her in a more senior position – because nobody could take her seriously.
She eventually had to leave the organisation and re-invent herself in a new role – (not losing her humour and sense of fun of course – just dialling it down a little).
Then there’s ‘the troublemaker’ – Passionate, highly intelligent, strong values about doing the right thing – but impatience and a complete inability to see the world from someone else’s shoes. (And guess what? That’s not helping him get promoted either).
You probably know the whinger, the drama King or Queen, the pacesetter, the perfectionist, the procrastinator, the victim.
Years ago, when I first set up my business, I was so desperate to be liked by my clients (never a good thing in a coach!) that I charged too little, did way too much and valued their time but not mine. My kind and honest mentor pointed out that I was ‘the nice girl’ (that makes me cringe, looking back. But to this day it remains some of the most useful feedback I ever had).
What’s your work nickname?
And is it serving you or holding you back?
One of the many simple but powerful experiments I give my executive clients and my Lead with Confidence clients to do is a feedback exercise on Impact. It’s always powerful, revealing and creates a great foundation for change.
Here’s how this programme helped Naomi.