How to Be Significant in Your Organization

I’m a big believer that everyone can bring significance to their organization.Whether you have a personal passion or a professional need to fulfill, creating the ideal work environment can be beneficial to you, your company and your future. The power of your success is revealed when you use your talents and gifts to serve a greater good.

The single most important principle to develop into a significant role is your positive mental attitude and your actions. Your mindset modifies every word you say, every action you take and the nature of emotions that you feel. A positive mindset will open doors and allow you to display your skills and ambitions. A negative mindset will weigh heavy and ride you until you’re unable to define your purpose and set any goals. To become significant in your organization people must believe in you and feel that you are worthy. Most importantly, you must believe in yourself and recognize your worth.

It’s about perception; how do people feel about you? No one recognizes the invisible guy; you know “what’s his name” across the hall. To be significant you must be noticed for the positive motivating qualities you bring to the table.

Become Visible

  • Stay late during the critical times
  • Be the first to volunteer for a Kinko’s run when the copier breaks down even through rain, sleet or snow
  • Come in early to prep for the meeting so you’ll know more than the other guy
  • Research, Review and Resonate about the organization’s latest news. Listen and ask questions. No one gets noticed when you’re silent but the boss will notice you if you ask significant questions at the end of that marathon meeting.

Become Useful

  • Many people today quickly remind others “that’s not my job” and what does this say to management? You’re not a team player. No one likes to do someone else’s work or clean up the other’s guys disaster but what if half the department were assigned a special task in another office and you could single-handedly do everything? Well, perhaps not everything but very close to it.
  • Share your knowledge; you don’t have to give your job away but if you show your confidence and that you’re not threatened, management will see you in a more significant role.
  • Take initiative and show your strong points. More and more people are looking to take on less instead of more. Who wants to take on more risk? But diving in and accepting more responsibility shows your worth and you’ll be remembered for going beyond.

Keep in mind, many people merely walk through life wanting more but very few actually take those steps to stand out amongst the crowd. To become significant you must want more and take the next step in achieving more.

Stretch yourself; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Go out of your way and participate by asking questions, making comments and connecting with everyone. Networking and growing your circle of professional friends will help you discover new opportunities within the company. Remember, communication and giving are the keys to cultivating your significant role.

DeLores Pressley, Motivational Speaker and Personal Power Expert, is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on success, motivation, confidence and personal power. She is an international keynote speaker, author, life coach and the Founder of the Born Successful Institute and DeLores Pressley Worldwide. She helps individuals utilize personal power, increase confidence and live a life of significance. Her story has been touted in The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, First for Women, Essence, New York Daily News, Ebony and Marie Claire. She is a frequent media guest and has been interviewed on every major network: (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX) including America’s top rated shows; OPRAH and Entertainment Tonight.

She is the author of Oh Yes You Can, Clean Out the Closet of Your Life and Believe in the Power of You. To book her as a keynote speaker or life coach, contact her office at 330.649.9809 or via email at or visit her site at

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