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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

The Extra Effort: More Than Just Getting Stuff Done

Ever felt stuck in a rut at work? Running up against an immovable wall can be so frustrating, especially when you feel like you’re meeting the expectations set before you. In last week’s blog post, I talked about how one cause of this phenomenon is not getting enough people in your corner, but this week I want to talk about another strategy you can use to move your career roadblock: put in the extra effort.


In an ideal world, having the degree, the experience, and the competence to do your job would be all you needed to get ahead in your career. It kind of feels like it should be like that, doesn't it? If you're at the table, showing up and working hard, why would you need to go above and beyond?

But the problem is that down here in reality, it takes going above and beyond just being good at what you do to get ahead. We have to be liked, we have to step up, and we have to put in above-and-beyond effort in our work and on ourselves to get noticed. This goes beyond your output and performance at the office.


We each have areas of our careers that need a little extra work. For some of us, it's taking time to make friends. It's easy to skip that happy hour; we're busy, we're tired, we might not want to eat half-priced appetizers in an Applebees for an hour and a half. But if you put in the extra effort to get to know your coworkers, you're going to build your support network.

Or maybe you've got an attitude problem. No judgement! We've all had those days where we just feel so irritable and annoyed, like everything is someone else's issue and not ours. Hey, I've been there, but if you put in a little extra effort to check your attitude at the door, you can get that part of your brain to quiet down so you can get some work down without wanting to throw something at someone.


I was at a conference for women of color in the workplace, presenting on a panel with two women from the army. The topic shifted to whether it really takes all that extra effort to get ahead, and all three of us presenting agreed that it really does take the effort to step up and advance. But we also acknowledged that if you're fine where you are, that's great! You don't need to go above and beyond. If you want to advance, you have got to push yourself.

The tough part of this is that you're going to have to get uncomfortable. If you want to play the game, then come to work and bring your whole game. Put in the extra effort to bring yourself to the next level, and that work will pay off. People will notice your growth, and it will help you get ahead.

If you want a little help getting there, let's have a one-on-one! Sign up for a free consultation call, and I can help you identify areas where you can start showing up even more for your career.

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