Boss Moves: How to Be Confident Without Being Cocky
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Many young professionals are often eager, full of ideas, competent and fearless. But some have also commonly been perceived to be overzealous, arrogant and unwilling to pay dues. It can be difficult to suppress the desire to be great while still making boss moves, but here are a few tips on how to be confident without being cocky—and avoid losing advocates early in your career:


Speak up and share your knowledge on topics your generation knows about:
Businesses with social media are a good example. Social media is an area your boss may still be trying to learn, so he will look to you to be the pro.


Become a martyr: Nothing is more annoying. If you volunteer to walk your boss’s dog or lend a hand on a company sales presentation, the whole office doesn’t need to know about your sacrifices. Your extra hard work won’t go unnoticed.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.