10 Ways To Make Your Boss Think You're A Superstar

Come in early. Stay late. Anticipate her needs. When it comes to going above and beyond, you already know the drill — and your boss knows you’ve got her back. But there’s also a ton of stuff that she’s noticing that you may have no idea you’re doing — or forgetting to do. And while these small moves may never come up on a performance review, they matter when it comes to moving to the next level, getting a killer recommendation, or simply having an amazing relationship with your boss.
Ahead, we asked super successful men and women across industries what their employees did that made them raise an eyebrow — in a good way. Steal a few of these moves and impress the hell out of your own boss.
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“Make listening your priority. Those on my team who take the time to listen and to truly hear what our clients and coworkers are saying have such greater value, because they realize the importance of listening and paying attention to the needs of others. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Those who stop talking and truly listen tend to be more empathetic to the needs of others and more successful on our team.”

— Tami Halton Pardee, owner and principal broker of Halton Pardee + Partners, the number-one brokerage in the Los Angeles area
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“Volunteer to do anything and everything that may contribute to, or benefit, the organization for which you work. Do more than you are asked or expected to do. Do more than the minimum. Pitch in. Anticipate what may need to be done, and offer to do it. And never, ever believe that something is 'not your job.' It is everyone's job to do all she can to make the organization for which she works the best it can be.”

— Amy Trask, former Oakland Raiders CEO, CBS studio analyst, author of You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League
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“It really impresses me when people ask for feedback on their performance — and then accept it in an enthusiastic and gracious way. To me, asking for feedback says, 'I'm interested in doing anything I can to gain skills and become better at my job, and I want to learn from someone who has more experience in my field.' The most impressive part of it? If they take that feedback and use it in a concrete way to better their performance.”

— Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, host of the podcast HerMoney With Jean Chatzky, and author of AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money Or Breaking A Hip
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“I am most impressed by those who take responsibility. I am sure this is a given, but in truth it’s SO rare. Very few have the ability to own a mistake and learn from it in life overall, let alone in the workplace. However, as an individual with over 50 employees, the ones who have the ability to tell me the truth, explain their logic, and then elaborate on what they will change are always the ones who end up running the show down the road. Conversely, whenever I have an employee who points the finger, I immediately think they aren’t a team player and that they are incapable of learning from mistakes.”

— Jillian Michaels, fitness expert, life coach, and creator of exercise-streaming platform FitFusion
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“Send a next-steps recap email after a meeting, and then follow up on them. Your boss probably has many meetings every day. Giving her confidence that deliverables are taken care of is one of the most helpful things a team member can do. You'll quickly become a go-to team member for the most important things.”

— Meaghan Rose, founder and CEO of Rocksbox
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“Nothing impresses me more in the workplace than an employee who is willing to point out my mistakes. It takes a lot of balls to look your boss in the eye and tell him he's wrong, but that's exactly what I pay my staff to do. When I build a team, I want it to be made up of people who complement my strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes that means pointing those weaknesses out.”

Kevin O’Leary, entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the mutual fund company O’Leary Funds, co-host of Shark Tank
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“Here’s a really small thing, but it can make all the difference and it shows that someone is thinking. Change those subject lines! It drives me crazy when people I work with keep an email chain going but change the topic without changing the subject line of the email. It makes it impossible to find the email later, and it causes all kinds of problems. Anyone who remembers to change the subject line, and restricts herself to one subject per email earns my undying gratitude.”

Amy Newmark, Wall Street analyst, business executive, publisher, and editor-in-chief, Chicken Soup For The Soul
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“Own your mistakes. We all make mistakes. If you screw up, admit it, fix it, and make sure it doesn't happen again. Trying to explain it away or blame it on someone else ends up creating more stress than the mistake itself.”

— Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, owner and chairman of HDNet, cohost of Shark Tank
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“Because I’ve focused so much of my career on finances, I’m always impressed when a young employee shows a genuine interest in their 401k. To me, it’s a sign they are disciplined, responsible, and thoughtful about their future.”

— Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, board chair and president of the Charles Schwab Foundation
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“I love hearing stories of successful employees climbing the ladder, and offering a hand up to those from below. This creates a team you can count on!”

— Emme, supermodel and entrepreneur, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident: 101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body

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