Steps to Management Success – Step 30: Learn to Be Promotable

Written By Rick Frishman Published March 31st, 2010


Learn to Be Promotable

Become an employee your company wants to retain and promote. If you don’t know the answer to a question, know where to find it. Be aware of the structure of your business. Look at the organization chart and understand where you fit, where your department fits, how many people report to your manager, and so on.

WHAT IT MEANS: Outstanding people always manage to find a way to stand out. Seek the spotlight you deserve. Identify projects that might benefit from your participation and ask to be assigned to them. Keep track of your successes and make sure that management and other stakeholders are aware of them. Use your intelligence as if all results depended on you

ACTION PLAN: Reach an understanding about how much time a project should require before undertaking it. As you begin new assignments, check back with your supervisor or team leader periodically to confirm that you are on the right track. Don’t miss deadlines. If it looks like you’re going to have a problem, negotiate a revised schedule and get help. Be visible by overworking the first few months in a new position. You’ll be perceived as a hard worker for much longer than that.

EVEN BETTER: Part of being promotable is learning how to promote yourself. Document your own achievements and share them with your manager from time to time. You don’t have to wait until official performance reviews to do this—although that is always a good time to polish your presentation and portfolio of accomplishments. Also, try to gain a clear sense from your boss about how well you’re doing and what you need to be doing better.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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