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Want To Make An Impact? Here's How To Identify Areas For Improvement At Your Company

Forbes Coaches Council

Every employee wants to make a positive impact on their organization. However, doing so can be difficult when you have your plate full with your regular job duties.

If you really want to make a difference at your company, you need to think beyond your daily tasks and find ways to improve the business's overall processes. Sixteen members of Forbes Coaches Council shared their insights to help you identify those "problem areas" and start changing things for the better.

Members of Forbes Coaches Council share their insight.

1. Think Like The Customer

One way of making a greater impact in an organization is to identify pain points for the customer. You may not see this in your day-to-day work, so getting in the mindset of the customer and how they interact with your company can help to identify improvements in the customer experience. Fix the customer frustration and you can make a great impact to the bottom line of your organization. - Kathy Lockwood, Blue Water Leadership Coaching

2. Ask How You Can Help

Select an area you feel you could have the biggest impact in – one you enjoy and may want to work more in. Then ask the key players in that area how you can help them in a way that best utilizes your skills, expertise and time. Determine how much time and effort you're able and willing to put into helping, and fit this into your daily schedule. - Sharissa Sebastian, Sharissa Sebastian - Life & Leadership Coaching

3. Look At The Budgets

Company executives demonstrate which problems they feel are most important based on how they allocate resources to getting them solved. By taking a look at an approved budget, you can quickly see which problems have the highest priority. Once you have that information, show others how you have solutions to those issues. - Donald Hatter, Donald Hatter Inc.

4. Inject Personal Passion Into Company Goals

Identify key initiatives that management is promoting, and find a project that is aligned with your unique expertise. Develop a thesis and solution for the project as your personal contribution. Create a plan that focuses on the big picture and outlines the developmental growth you want to achieve. Gain buy-in from management, then engage team members to join the project for collaboration success. - Rachel Lourdes Mestre, Rachel Mestre LLC

5. Conduct A 360-Degree Assessment

Enlist supervisors, peers and possibly even clients and other career stakeholders in a 360-degree assessment of your skills, natural talents, blind spots and career development needs. Then evaluate the responses against opportunities in your current organization, both for new roles and training or growth experiences you could begin. - Sarah Beth Aubrey, A.C.T. Aubrey Coaching & Training

6. Carve Out 'Scheming And Dreaming' Time

You can't step away from your tasks if you're head down working on them. Dedicate time to exploring and meeting with people across the organization. Identify areas you're curious about and spend time scheming and dreaming about what they could be, or what they could benefit from stripping away. Test out your ideas, and make it a habit to talk to lots of different people often. - Jenn Lofgren, Incito Executive & Leadership Development

7. Have More Face-To-Face Conversations

If you want to make a greater impact at your company, stop hiding behind your computer or smartphone. True professional development happens one person at a time, one conversation at a time. Get out and start talking to your leaders, clients, customers and colleagues. Ask them for the one thing you can do to help them reach their goals faster. You'll uncover ideas you'll never find online. - Darcy Eikenberg, Red Cape Revolution

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