NO, we are
not asking you to flash your “assets” at your
colleagues. Nor are we challenging you to put your life
in occupationally hazardous situations that endanger
We are talking about the art of exposing yourself at
work. In doing so, be mindful that there needs to be a
balance so we do not come across as an arrogant
know-it-all or, at the other end of the spectrum, as
someone who is ignorant of many things.
Often times, people who have “been there, done that” are
eager to showcase what they have under their belt with
others; sometimes even when they are not asked to.
Here are some tips if you are overexposing at work:
Share instead. There is a difference between showcasing
one’s skills and sharing them. The former is inwardly
imposing while the latter is outwardly to impart
knowledge to others.
Stay humble. When asked about being in such a reputable
position, Bill Gates, the software genius and
billionaire, credited his father by saying, “You can get
a sense of self-importance. But Dad’s the best at making
sure that no matter what we’re doing, we stay humble.”
Step back. Do not assume everyone has the same level of
exposure as you. So, pause to bring others along in your
thinking process and ideas.
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are
inexperienced. Metaphorically, we can become butterflies
and explore the beauty of nature if we want to So, make
a choice to break free from your cocoon and spread your
wings. If you are underexposing at work:
Step Out and Start. Take the first step to try something
new, like speaking in public. It may be daunting
initially, but things get easier with practice.
Travel and learn. Travelling widens our perspective and
increases knowledge. By experiencing other customs and
cultures firsthand, we learn to respect and accept
others at work.
Meet people and observe. Challenge yourself to connect
with people as there are always interesting insights
from their life experiences. Dr Jim Yong Kim, president
of the World Bank Group, recently wrote, “You should get
to know people from every income level and understand
The gist of it is there is a time for everything under
the sun. By learning the how, when and where, you expose
yourself respectfully and honourably at work.