5 Ways to Improve Your Impact at Work 1 year ago

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Here at Urbandoor, we’re always looking for ways to work smarter and have an outsized impact. We did some digging and found some pearls of wisdom to share. Enjoy these five workplace tips!

Workplace Tip #1: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS- T, President and CEO, Worldwide ERC®
Peggy is the adventurous leader of Worldwide ERC®, the organization for mobile, global professionals. Peggy has worked with numerous teams to extend the reach of the organization and to build a content-rich, mobile community. She shares her workplace tip on building an impactful team:

“Transformation is one of the most complex initiatives for an organization to navigate, but it’s an imperative today. We’ve all heard the case studies where organizations failed to make it through a transformation. To paraphrase management coach Marshall Goldsmith, what got us here won’t get us there. It can seem daunting, but I’ve learned that the journey keeps serving up this advice: communicate, communicate, communicate. While a leader is communicating, team members are working to build internal muscle around dealing with ambiguity, organizational agility, and cross-functional collaboration. Once the organization’s team members can get their arms around heightened flexibility, and trust each other to make decisions and to pivot quickly when needed, you’ll find you’ve created an environment together where it’s safe to be vulnerable, to fail fast, and to fail forward.”


Workplace Tip #2: Focus on outcomes

Erik Eccles, Founder & CEO of Urbandoor
Erik has built and sold two successful businesses and is now leading Urbandoor, a global marketplace for furnished apartments built for professionals. When we asked for his advice on how to have a greater impact at work, here’s what he had to say:

“You want to be successful, not right. I’ve seen startups as well as teams in enterprises fail while attempting to prove themselves right. Instead, build your team culture to support people to act in this way. One major culprit of this behavior are incentives built around proving specific ideas right versus defining success outside which path you take.”


Workplace Tip #3: Invest in yourself

Elise Riordan, CTO, NuCompass
Elise leads technology for global mobility services company (and Urbandoor client tech partner), NuCompass. Here’s her perspective on improving impact at work:

“You are your own number one tool to get ahead. Always look for opportunities to gain new skills and experiences. If you’re growing, you’re going to make an impact on your job and on the people around you. You also need to practice self-care and set your own personal boundaries. As an ultra-marathoner, I like to view it as ‘running at optimal performance.’ If you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re not making the impact you could be at work. No one else can do that for you.”


Workplace Tip #4: Align on the goal; bring people in

Robert Horsley, Executive Director, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Robert has innovation and change in his DNA. As Executive Director of Fragomen and a recognized visionary in Worldwide ERC®, he envisions norm-busting possibilities for the future: how people will work and lead mobile lives. Robert is a true believer in “best-with-best” business integrations, and offers this insight for trailblazers:

“Today, work takes place in a broad context. It offers us the setting to perform in our own most remarkable space; where we do our best work and have the deepest expertise. The term ‘team’ defies a traditional label. Teams now consistent of members from inside and out, and at times those that are competing at some level. That dynamic makes teams the perfect forum for ‘innovation labs’ for this kind of collaboration – they are adept at finding nontraditional partners inside and outside of their organizations, and team members are often less concerned about their own role and laser-focused on a common goal. These are great drivers for teams to explore and discover unique approaches to challenges and initiatives. Just define the goal and let everyone bring their expertise and perspective to achieve the best outcome!”


Workplace Tip #5: Accountability = Count-on-ability

Bob Rosing, President & CEO of Dwellworks
The President & CEO of global mobility support services, Dwellworks, offers this twist on a common workplace word:

“A favorite of mine related to teams is a play on the word “accountability” and it is “count-on-ability”. Meaning, having self-awareness and confidence in what you know and, more importantly, what you don’t know. Openly acknowledge your gaps and identify the teammates that can fill them to achieve greater results together. Count on them for their expertise and make sure you bring your game so they can count on you for yours.”


There you have it: five quick workplace tips on how to have an outsized impact at work. If you have your own tips, we’d love to hear them! Email us at blog@urbandoor.com. We look forward to hearing from you.