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Striving for “Ta Da!” Moments at Work? I Have a Better Approach.

Striving for “Ta Da!” Moments at Work? I Have a Better Approach.

Picture this. Your boss assigns you a major project and you disappear to work your magic. When you return to reveal the results, presenting to a huge crowd and even the CEO, you receive a standing ovation from everyone in the room. Big cheers, high-fives, and backslapping—because you knocked it out of the park! Nice feeling, huh?

Be careful with this approach. My experience tells me…it rarely works.

On Leadership: Is Your Goal to be Invaluable—or Unnecessary?

On Leadership: Is Your Goal to be Invaluable—or Unnecessary?

If your goal as a leader is to make yourself invaluable to your company, you’re probably in good company. Once anyone survives an interview process or earns a promotion, it’s only natural to want to be seen as a contributor who delivers real value. You want the behind-your-back talk to be that your decisions are brilliant, your performance is stellar, and the company is so fortunate to have you around.

I get it. It feels good to feel needed. But I’d argue that striving to make yourself invaluable does your company a huge disservice. I’d aim for making yourself unnecessary. This may sound counterintuitive, but hear me out.