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In this weekly series, Todd Dewett, PhD, shares the tips respected and motivated managers use to improve rapport, navigate tricky situations, build better relationships, and drive the business forward. Each week, we'll release two tips ranging from avoiding the dreaded micromanagement to managing a multigenerational workforce, cultivating better listening skills, and developing an understanding of your organization's politics. Check back every Wednesday for more Management Tips.
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Too many people think that if they simply tough it out long enough, they'll receive a promotion. Sometimes, it works that way. But it shouldn't. Your job is to receive that coveted promotion, because you truly earned it. So let's talk about what it means to be promotable. Consider these six vital tactics. First, and this is the most important, build a track record of great performance. Nothing helps you more than creating great work products. Work that is clearly above average when compared to your peers. This is the foundation for promotion.
It's not negotiable, you have to do it. You, and maybe several others, will have a great track record. Thus the next five tactics, might be what puts you on top of the list. Let's start with the need to signal your desire to be promoted. While you can't talk about it every week and be constantly tooting your own horn, it's also true that sometimes you do need to talk about it. Every couple of months, it's your burden to chat with your boss or anyone else who is relevant and make sure they know about your desire to be promoted. Never assume they know your aspirations. Next is to build new skills.
You're a valuable asset. And you want that asset to increase in value over time. And you do that by adding new skills and competencies. This might be knowledge of a new product line. A software program used internally. Or some other process or technical skill. Growing your array of skills, not only helps you do your job, but it shows others that you embrace continuous learning. Which makes you far more promotable. Also, beyond your normal duties, you might be wise to find extra work you can complete. Here I'm refering to volunteer opportunities on committees or project teams.
They might be supporting internal change projects, charity work, or any number of other things. The point is that volunteering is a good thing to do. Helps you build your network and again, it signals to others that you're a hard working team player. Finally, think about grooming your successor. One of the reasons people are slow to be promoted is because they are really good at what they do in their current role. So the boss imagines how difficult it might be to fill that hole when they are promoted. Your job is to groom and develop an employee or a peer who's very interested in your current role, thus helping your boss not to worry.
Getting promoted isn't just about doing great work. That's the beginning, but you've gotta let people know about your aspirations. Build new skills, do the extra work, and help find your successor. All of which will increase your odds of receiving that well deserved promotion.
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