What does it take to successfully work with me?

536582572_2cf9d319fd An interesting discussion took place around the “water cooler” this morning. A thought leadership book review discussion took place in our company last week and one of the questions posed was, “What does it take to be successful working for me?” Do your peers and associates know what you expect of them? Can you list the expectations of your peers?

So often, I counsel about the reality of social media and have to talk many clients and executives down from the ledge because they have gone to the extreme with a “shiny new object” or are so afraid of the hype that their expectations are out of whack. One of the keys to a successful social media strategy is to set expectations of client and consumer at the beginning, leaving no room for false hopes. The expectations should not only be set regarding “services” but also in the value of your relationships.

I teed off on Hoover’s Business Insight Zone recently about my distaste of auto DMs. Could you sense the frustration of my tone? Really, the subject of DMs and Twitter (or for that matter, social media) etiquette is not a new subject. Perhaps I have not announced my expectations and thus the instapitches? Or do people really give a flip about your expectations and take them into consideration before action? Maybe not those sending me the auto DMs, but the key to social media is organic growth true to the core of relationship value.

So often, it takes you doing something wrong to find out your expectations and of those you serve. Skip flavor of the day and set manageable expectations today.

What does it take to successfully work with Lauren Vargas?

  1. Integrity – Have the courage to admit when you have made a mistake, move forward and clean your side of the street.
  2. Independence – Do not crowdsource your breakfast selection. Be able to think independently and bring solutions to the table for team implementation.
  3. Intelligence – Book smart and commonsense are exclusive. Knowledge does not come from the number of degrees you have, but from experience of the mistakes you have made testing your classroom theories.
  4. Insight – Don’t claim you know me. Prove it.

What does it take to successfully work with YOU?

(Photo courtesy lonisme123.)

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