Q. I find that co-workers and even a few bosses are forming a negative perception of my abilities, after a period when they seemed perfectly happy with my contribution. I know I can prove them wrong, but I want to use the most effective strategies to win recognition for my good work so that I change their perceptions of me. How can I do this?

A. Don’t worry too much about others’ perceptions of you. That’ll take care of itself if you produce results in measurable ways. Use your talent and drive to produce results that others deem impressive, not what you deem impressive. For example, don’t get preoccupied with a pet project that you think will revolutionize the company at the expense of tackling your more visible top priorities where others depend on you. Also, invite feedback and listen with care. You may find that by improving some aspect of your communication skills or time management, you can command more respect.

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