Don’t be too shy to self promote

Constant boasting about achievements is off putting – but many people can sway too far in the other direction. A quick, low key email to your boss can be an update, not bragging – while still highlighting what you’ve done


Remember the ‘Ben Franklin effect’ otherwise referred to as the cognitive dissonance.

Named after the US politician and investor who described it, this is a surprising way to become more popular, ask people to do you favours, as opposed to vice versa. We want to feel like the people we help are deserving so that we are naturally inclined to start liking the people that we have helped.


Just ask. Making an impact at work doesn’t need to be a mind game in which you’re always having to guess what those high up in your organisation needs most. Most employers will be relieved you asked – and you’ll save yourself plenty of wasted effort.