It may feel like the people who get promoted are somehow lucky and that luck is not reserved for you.
Getting promoted is all about doing the right things, no matter what company or boss you have. I think the reason it seems kind of mystical is because what you have to do is very seldom discussed.
And now that I’ve said this: who do I think I am going to say about this? I spent 21 years as a manager with a group of 1000 people. I promoted my share of people in that time and now work with clients to get the promotions they deserve. I continue to calibrate with business leaders to ensure my view of what needs to be done is still valid. It is.
Here is one simple strategy that seems to be so obvious; it gets ignored.
Promotion Strategy: Ask what it takes.
Seriously, when I speak to people who are grumpy and inpatient, my first question is whether or not they have asked the decision makers this important question. Most people have not asked, which means they don’t know what it takes.
They don’t know if what they are doing is off base or pure gold. They hope it’s gold but hope isn’t a promotion strategy.
If you don’t know what it takes, then your next promotion probably does feel a lot like playing the lottery.
There is much more to share with you on promotions in my upcoming webinar on October 7 at 1pm central entitled: “Career Acceleration 2.0 – How to Speed Up your next Promotion” Join me while I divulge more insight: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/19101/4f69670187