I was once told if I wanted to stand out in a crowd I should pick a dull crowd! Well I always wanted to be part of a top team not the top person in a dud team.
Getting noticed is all about getting results, being part of the solution not part of the problem. The most sort after people are those who execute plans. So how do you get to that point?
It is easier to get results through collaboration and consensus. When people are on side to your vision and mission it is easier to take them along for the journey, and it is easier to get them onside if you involve them in the development of the strategy.
Too many times you see strategy developed with a top down approach. Execution is much harder under this scenario. Focus on the outcome, work out the steps to get there, then start the journey, with and through those who want to be part of the solution. Those who put up barriers and hurdles on this project will see the results and the kudos the results bring and inevitably want to come and play in your sandpit next time they are invited. And hey if they don’t it is not a big issue, just keep going around them and focusing on the outcomes.
So if you want to stand out in the crowd, get the crowd on side. Leverage the synergies and get results. Be known as an outcome creator.