I didn’t even know you did that

I’ve been accused of being unnecessarily modest when talking about myself, and there’s probably some truth to that. There’s more to it, but what it comes down to is the fact that I don’t derive my sense of self-worth from external praise and regard.

What I’ve tried to make a conscious effort in perfecting (and testing), however, is the narrative around my work. I think it’s possible to keep the world apprised of what you do without waving your accomplishments around like a banner.

This has become more important to me as I made the switch from clueless freelancer to less clueless team leader, as there is an urgency in (real) business that must always be present.

More broadly applicable is the fact that our networks have needs, and that those connected to us would much rather hire us (or someone we recommend) for a job rather than a stranger. If we don’t talk about what we do, how can we serve those around us when our opportunity to help arises?

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.