Do you complete your projects within budget and on time?
Are you your manager’s right hand person?
Are you your team’s answer person or SME (subject matter expert) in a given area?
Are you someone who will help a Team member with their tasks when asked?
Are you a bringer of new ideas to your company?
Are you an upbeat, positive individual to be around?
Are you a patent holder?
Do you publish articles whose content reflect well on your company?
Have you earned your salt today?
These are 10 characteristics that ring out to me that make someone indispensable. They came from the lips of managers and directors, with whom I have worked with over the years. They were describing the kind of top performers they like to have around them.
A reasonable question to ask at this point might be: With such a talent shortage for the skills my experience represents why should I care? Fair enough. Let me attempt a cogent response.
The characteristics you see listed above make you promotable. They are the reasons to hand you the next hot project. They are reasons to get you access to coveted and expensive training classes, as opposed to other folks performing in an identical capacity.
And it’s important to note, that all businesses go through cycles. It has become abundantly clear to me, that wherever you work you need to be keenly aware of your value proposition in your company. We all “need to earn our salt” – the ancient Roman soldier was paid in salt – and our word for salary comes from it. At the end of a day, you can ask yourself did I earn my pay today? Likewise ask that of yourself weekly and monthly. If you meet and exceed your objectives; if you earn the recognition of your peers and management, it could be that you are a strong performer.
My advice is that you strive to be a star. Make yourself the indispensable team player. Work hard. Take great pride in your craft. It will be noticed. Make yourself, your manager’s right hand person. The truth be told, I was given that advice by my dad. Its good sense has never been found wanting.