Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Defining your own standard, part of Getting Promoted.
- To start thinking about getting promoted the first thing I want you to think about is your own standard of excellence. Let me be clear, most people start by thinking about what they've been told is required of them for promotion by their boss or maybe someone in human resources. Those things matter, but ultimately not as much as defining your own thoughts and analysis about your performance. Now, I know that some of you work in organizations with very well defined schedules for performance evaluations and promotion decisions.
Others work in places where there are no real schedules or rules. By the way, if you're starting to think about your next evaluation let me help. Check out another one of my courses here at lynda.com called Preparing for Your Review. Okay, now whichever type of organization you work in I want you to commit to becoming well versed in any prevailing rules, processes, or schedules, but you will never allow yourself to be limited by them. They are merely the place you begin thinking about how to make your next promotion happen.
Next, define your own standard. The general rule here for high achievers is to start with what you know is required of you before you go up for promotion, and then figure out where you will choose to exceed the standards. Just for the sake of conversation, let's say there are eight main things you'll be evaluated on. You need to ensure that first you meet all of those standards very clearly without question. Second, you have to identify three or four areas where you will endeavor to perform at a higher level than is required.
You want to do more, because you don't want to be defined by the same standard as everyone else who goes through the process. You want to do more, because the stronger the competition is for promotion the more you need your case to be the clear winner. I'd also like to share with you one more very important reason to follow the advice we just discussed, generally speaking you don't want to go up for a promotion and not get it. In some workplaces that's an odd stain on your reputation, in other workplaces that's not true at all.
You just have to determine how your work culture views this issue. Of course a different perspective is that if you go up for promotion a number of times, as you proactively grow your career, and you aren't turned down at least once, well you might be moving too slow and playing it too safe. In any event, if you're ever faced with not being promoted it won't be because you weren't prepared. You're going to remember what we talked about, so that when you go up for promotion everyone evaluating you will have no doubt that you're qualified.
Using these questions, you'll have the information you need to promote your own value and structure the critical "promotion" conversation with your boss.