A conversation series between Lindsay Boccardo and Lauren Moffatt, HR expert.
Lindsay: I want to grow in my organization. I want to ultimately be a leader here. How do I bring that up to my manager without sounding like cocky or just making it weird? How do I say it?
Lauren: Just know out of the gate that anytime you have a conversation with your manager that you want to be more, that you want to add more value, you want to have more responsibility or more scope, that's always a great conversation to have.
Lindsay: So really positioning it as, "Hey, I really want to add value to what we're doing here. What could I take that on?" How would you say that?
Lauren: I would say, "I'd love to have a conversation with you about how I could add more value. I've been thinking about my role and I've noticed X." Having some type of thought about where you could add value is important, versus just heading to your manager and
then expecting them to hand all of it to you. Just by having the idea and giving them the impression that you've thought about it is a huge benefit to you, even if it's not the direction they ultimately want to go. Whether or not it opens an opportunity, they know you're thinking that way.
Lindsay: Totally. This is such a good tip. If you're wanting to grow, ask how you can add value. Make it about the organization's priorities. Don't say, "I want to grow. I'm getting bored and I don't know what to do with myself."
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