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Establishing Yourself as a Valuable Resource

Insights from SEBOC 3-Day Virtual Experience


In today's rapidly evolving world, being a resource has taken on new dimensions. Individuals and organizations recognize the immense value in positioning themselves as go-to sources of knowledge and expertise. Recently, a panel of Society of Evidenced-Based Organizational Consulting (SEBOC) experts convened to discuss the significance of establishing oneself as a resource and shared some valuable tips on achieving this goal effectively.


*To hear the original recording of "Establishing Yourself as a Valuable Resource" during the SEBOC 3-Day Virtual Experience, check out Ep. 159 of the WorkCookie podcast here.



Identifying Your Expertise: The First Step


Becoming a valuable resource in your field involves a multifaceted journey, as highlighted by experts Dr. Destinee Prete, LindaAnn Rogers, and Dr. Juliette Nelson. Central to this process is self-awareness, which Dr. Prete emphasizes as the starting point. To embark on this journey, one should question what topics prompt others to seek their expertise. This introspection unveils unique strengths and areas of expertise, forming the foundation of resourcefulness. Recognizing core competencies enables strategic positioning as a reliable source within specific domains, whether it's problem-solving, industry understanding, or communication skills.


Dr. Prete encourages another layer of self-reflection by asking, "What am I a resource for?" This self-inquiry deepens self-awareness and directs efforts toward aligning with authentic expertise. The goal isn't to be all-encompassing but to master a chosen domain. LindaAnn Rogers echoes this sentiment, emphasizing that one need not possess exhaustive knowledge on a subject; the ability to connect individuals with the right information or people is vital. The experts collectively stress that everyone can be a resource to one another.


Embrace Collaboration and Networks


Building a robust network is foundational. Knowing your audience and reaching out to relevant contacts is key. A strong network enhances access to information and bolsters credibility (Möller et al., 2020). If confronted with queries beyond your scope, don't hesitate to refer the questioner to someone better suited—fostering collaboration generates goodwill and reciprocity.


Driving Action Through Strategic Approaches


The conversation expands to motivating action. Dr. Juliette Nelson advises aligning efforts with an organization's strategic plan to demonstrate commitment and partnership in achieving success. Understanding the mission empowers consistent, meaningful contributions (Blustein et al., 2023). The experts highlight the power of your work as a testament to expertise and credibility. A proven track record positions you as the go-to person in your specialized areas.


Taking Tangible Steps and Tracking Impact


For practical steps, Rogers suggests initiating collaboration through introductory emails, doubling the likelihood of recipient engagement. These emails should succinctly showcase expertise and value. Tracking impact is equally pivotal. Regular assessment and quantification of contributions enable strategy refinement (Doz, 2020). A systematic approach, conducted monthly or quarterly, illuminates your actual value, and informs resourceful endeavors.



IN CONCLUSION…


In essence, becoming a valuable resource requires self-awareness, collaboration, strategic alignment, and a commitment to impactful change. Dr. Prete, Rogers, and Dr. Nelson's insights illuminate this multifaceted journey. Identifying strengths, nurturing relationships, strategic contributions, and impact tracking are all pivotal in establishing oneself as a go-to resource—a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and action. Resourcefulness is an ongoing pursuit, demanding dedication, adaptability, and continuous growth.


By: Nathalia López, Ph.D.

BRIDGE Builder - The Bridgify Group

https://www.thebridgifygroup.com/



*To hear the original recording of "Establishing Yourself as a Valuable Resource" during the SEBOC 3-Day Virtual Experience, check out Ep. 159 of the WorkCookie podcast here.



References:


Blustein, D. L., Lysova, E. I., & Duffy, R. D. (2023). Understanding decent work and meaningful work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 10, 289-314. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031921-024847


Doz, Y. (2020). Fostering strategic agility: How individual executives and human resource practices contribute. Human Resource Management Review, 30(1), 100693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2019.100693


Möller, K., Nenonen, S., & Storbacka, K. (2020). Networks, ecosystems, fields, market systems? Making sense of the business environment. Industrial Marketing Management, 90, 380-399.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2020.07.013


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