When you’re 31 years old, worth over $350 million and showing no signs of slowing down, you’re doing something right. I think we can all learn a thing or ten from Beyoncé that we can apply to our professional careers. (An abriged version of this post was feature on Stand Up Executive.com, so check it out.)
1. Find a way to stand out from the crowd.
Beyoncé spent a large part of her career (16 years to be exact) in a group. In today’s workforce you’d be hard pressed to find a job where you aren’t working in a group/team setting on a least one project. But just because you’re in a group doesn’t mean you need to lose your individuality. Instead make sure to capitalize on the skills you know you can offer the group and always be a team player. So if your funny naturally don’t be afraid to be funny or corky. If you accomplish that successfully you’ll be the girl/guy everyone remembers from the group.
2. You’re never too old to dance, or learn, or learn to dance.
Everyone loves that one cowker who is always dancing around the office. Queen Bey’s moves were not the greatest when she was a member of Destiny’s Child. In fact, her most memorable move from that era was her shaking her jelly in the Bootylicious video. But once Beyoncé embarked on her solo career she clearly took some dance lessons! Just because you didn’t do something well in your last job doesn’t mean you can’t improve on it now! Who knows maybe Buzzfeed will write an article complete with 47 amazing gifs about you too.
3. Fight Temptation
This is self-explanatory. Temptation is always lurking. For example, the open bar at a company function (don’t be the office drunk), that Facebook bookmark that was “already there” from the employee before (don’t be stupid), or when a co-worker asks you how you really feel about a member of management and promises to keep it a secret (again, don’t be stupid). If you’re afraid you don’t have the willpower watch Beyoncé’s movie, Fighting Temptations.
4. Incorporate the old with the new
Beyoncé is a huge fan of putting a fresh new spin on some old moves (Single Ladies? à check out the original Bob Fosse choreography). We can do the same thing in the workplace. If you see something that is pretty dated that you think you can liven up and make relevant again, do it! And humor is never a bad route to take when living things up! I doubt your superiors would reprimand you from bettering the company.
5. Smile more
People like it when other people smile. It makes you seem nicer and approachable, two things that everyone wants to see in their coworkers and employees. So tell a joke or share a funny YouTube video or meme with a coworker. And remember a giggle never hurt anyone.
6. Stop Networking and Start Connecting (Michelle,Barack,Oprah)
We throw around the word networking all the time, but what does it really mean? Going to a couple soirees and exchanging business cards? No thanks. Beyoncé has makes real connections like dinner with the Obamas, writing a genuine note to Serena Williams, or even making Oprah the godmother of her child! Verizon claims to have the number one network, but I beg to differ.
7. Learn a new language
Seriously. Beyoncé has done three songs entirely in Spanish since she launched her solo career. We live in a world where nearly every industry is going global, and being able to communicate with business people in their native tongue will not only make you competitive, but it’ll make you’ll look good doing it.
8. Come Back Strong
This one is simple. If you’re going to take a leave of absence (summer vacation, 5 “sick” days or I don’t know HAVE A BABY!) come back stronger than ever. Bring new ideas to the table, catch up on what happened while you were out and if that means staying late or coming in early, do it. It will let everyone know you always mean business.
9. Branch Out
So you were hired on as a Junior but you really love designing , what’s stopping you? You. Speak up and branch out, no one likes a one trick pony (unless it is wearing a sweater like this), and the more you learn and the more you can do (graphics, video, writing, editing etc.), the more valuable you are to your company and potential employers. Beyoncé is a singer, actress, writer, producer, mother and a diva. You could stand to become proficient in InDesign at least.
10. Leave a Legacy
Perhaps one of the most important things we can do, wherever we go is to leave a legacy. Impact your company in some way whether it’s getting a major client, changing the corporate culture or even being the one who always brings treats to meetings. Beyoncé has a beautiful song “I was here” and in it she says “Everyone will know, I was here.” The same should be true for you in your professional and personal life.