As a leader, we all have people we rely on more than others. People who we’ll gladly pass the ball to because we know they will push it across the finish line no matter what. People we would love to clone. Who are these people, and makes them special? Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, calls these people Impact Players: Indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities.
Last week I wrote a post about what you should do to add value and increase your standing in the workplace. Now, let’s look at the opposite: If you could deliberately kill your credibility with your boss, what would you do?
A top skill to have, which requires a lot of work, is clear thinking. And the work required to have clarity of thought requires awareness of what impedes it in the first place. Those impediments are called cognitive biases, which are thinking shortcuts we use to make big and small decisions. We all have them, nobody is immune to them.
The New York Times has an interesting article on fashion retailer giant Zara. How do you evade the law? You move fast.
Inditex denies that it copies other designers. Yet in The New York Times last March, Alexandra Jacobs described a visit to the new Zara store on Fifth Avenue in New York, where she was reminded of Prada, Alexander Wang, Balmain and many other high-end brands. Christian Louboutin took Inditex to court for selling the company’s signature red-soled shoes but lost, mainly because Inditex takes care to change its designs just enough to evade copyright laws.
Copyright is a type of intellectual property that applies to creative work. It is a legal right that gives exclusive rights to the creator of an original work to use and distribute it. It has to be revised from time to time. The issue with copyright is that it only safeguards the expression of ideas by the creator and not the underlying idea. Works of literature, music or art (barring Photographs) are granted the protection of copyright for a period which spans the creator’s life and 60 years from the year of the author’s demise. Businesses of every type — from e-commerce companies to software, to life science ventures, to production and publishing businesses — have their own histories that come from their founders’ visions and dispositions, historical and geographical factors, market structures and the like. However, despite all the varying points of origin, companies end up having a lot in common. This may be particularly true in case of publishing companies. To learn more here is a guide on start a copywriting business.
Copyright issues include Copyright infringement. Copyright infringement is using works protected by copyright law without prior permission, breaching certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work. With the internet era going on, anything you take off the web is copyrighted.
How does one increase her / his value in the workplace? How can you been seen as someone of value? How do you become valuable to your manager? Let’s face it, most people come to work to get the job done. Some do, and others don’t. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. But going above and beyond what one is asked to do is the domain of value added people; the people who are relied upon, get the toughest assignments, get recognized for their efforts and get promoted.