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  • The ones that will deliver the most bang for your buck? The $10K equivalent of Becoming indispensable?
  • The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen.
  • Develop unique skills * Become their Tylenol * Become an information conduit.

Develop unique (yet adjacent) skills

  • Learning new skills is a surefire path to becoming indispensable.
  • we should look closer to home: adding adjacent skills.
  • Adjacent skills are quicker to learn and deliver more bang for the buck
  • Adjacent skill play on what you know already and help you make better use of them.

    Turn yourself into Tylenol

  • Tylenol products solve a specific problem a customer is looking for a solution for. Vitamin products try to make a customer’s life better in some way when they didn’t even know they had a problem to solve.
  • Be your boss’ second brain. Track their tasks, deliverables, and deadlines.
  • Organize your team’s information. Knowledge workers spend 4.5 hours a week looking for files. If that’s not Tylenol, I don’t know what is.
  • Create dashboards. Your boss is struggling for a centralized place containing the team’s metrics, goals and KPIs. Create this doc in a simple spreadsheet (or more advanced no-code app), and constantly remind them where they can find it.
  • summarize the key takeaways in a format that’s friendly for your boss to consume.

    Become a conduit (to unique information)

  • not underestimate the influence of shadow power—advisors, assistants, consultants, and most especially spouses.
  • generosity-first networking (which BTW is one of the most popular modules from Supercharge your Productivity).
  • Having a system * Following-up methodically * Leading with generosity * Connecting the dots
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