What is it with us, anyway? We constantly want other people's attention. Hey, over here! Look at me! See what I can do? It started when we were kids, of course. We wanted our parents' attention, our siblings' attention, our friends' attention and our neighbors' attention; and we did some crazy things to get it. However, even as we mature (are we ever really grown-up?) we still constantly seek attention. It's a battle every day to see whether each of us can get more attention than the next person. It adds to our self-esteem if others notice us or what we do. We become more important (in our own minds!). Even, or maybe especially, at work, the name of the game is to get management's attention. If management notices us, maybe we'll feel important. Right?

Well, there are many things that we can do to get ourselves noticed by the management of our organizations. Ten examples follow. However, there are good ways to get attention, and there are bad ways to get attention. Good ways and bad ways may be equally effective attention-getters, but they differ in the perception that management is left with, as well as their career-enhancing characteristics.

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