I have put together a blog series to discuss how employees can effectively prepare themselves for that next promotion opportunity that they have been looking for. Now, you might be asking that’s great Eric, but what does getting that next promotion have to do with Goal setting or personal development. Ah, great question, well, it has everything to do with Goal setting and personal development. You see, most requests I receive from people about coaching opportunities are centered around 3 key categories; fitness goals, financial goals, and career development goals. With over 20 years of developing leaders for organizations, while building some of my own businesses, I just happen to have some insight on this topic. Particularly since, I myself have worked up in most every organization I have worked in from entry level roles to key leadership and Executive roles with those organizations.
You see, getting from where you are to where you want to be in life as well as in your career, is really about honestly assessing where you currently are, recognizing where you would like to be, and creating a plan to get there. And if you have read my book, that’s exactly what my ten-step plan is all about. Realizing that it will absolutely require you to adapt to the changing landscape, grow on a personal level, and develop skills you likely don’t already have. Then, you need to know how to “market” yourself to be positioned for that opportunity. I am a firm believer that generally, when things don’t go our way in business, as well as life, most likely we didn’t give it our all, IF, we are truly honest with ourselves. Most often, when we miss out on these coveted opportunities, we were not completely prepared, and possibly didn’t really want it bad enough for ourselves, or for the right reasons. With that said, let’s get to today’s portion of this topic.
So, you just heard that next promotion is coming up soon, and you are excited about the opportunity to take on more responsibility, earn more money, and ideally begin your ascent on the corporate ladder, I mean if you are going to work for someone, you might as well be the boss, right? Ok, that’s great for the man or woman who has been with the organization for a year or so, but what if you have been around for a few years and just maybe you even got passed up last time? Do you know why? Did you get insight as to what you needed to work on? And, more importantly, what have you done since that last opportunity to improve? Be honest with yourself, did you work on something, or did you just shut down and go into your shell, feeling sorry for yourself? Sorry, no “pity parties” here, we just don’t have time for all that.
To get from where you are, to where you want to be, requires growth and development. Now, sure, you can wait on the organization to develop a training program to get you ready for that next opportunity, or you can take 100% Responsibility and own your own development program. And “Yes”, the company “should” create a training program to get you prepared, but do you want to sit around “Shoulding” on yourself? (Yes, poor reference pun intended). However, if they are in a growth phase and likely a smaller company, they probably don’t have those resources in place, or maybe even the budget to provide an effective program. So, does that mean you are destined to be stuck in your current job for all eternity? No, not even close, but it will require you to make an investment in yourself.
Ok, so maybe you didn’t get passed up, but the role you are looking for doesn’t currently exist, and you and others are certain that it should. How about, you have been passed over so many times now, that you are looking for greener pastures elsewhere, because you are tired of training your next boss? Or the absolute worst-case scenario for you and your organization, you don’t even bother to apply for the promotions anymore, because you are absolutely certain you won’t be considered, and you’ll get passed over, yet AGAIN! Better to not get your hopes up and have them crushed.
None of these scenarios are ideal for upwardly-mobile career-minded professionals, or for growing organizations trying to stay ahead in our ever-developing fast-paced world. We need our best people, doing their best work, as often as possible, and that means we need to be investing in our people. And if our companies can’t invest in us, we must be willing to invest in ourselves. Which is what I have done for over 25 years. I’m not just talking about college, I am talking about career development, career enhancing skills that prepare us for the next level of leadership or new opportunities in our organizations.
Regardless of your circumstance, I am certain that I have some tactics that you should be working on to help ensure you are not stuck in the role you are in for all eternity. After years of working in organizations that had blistering rapid growth and advancement, while others were struggling through times of limited advancement. I have carved my own path through those rough waters, while teaching literally thousands of others what I have learned to help them achieve their goals in the corporate world. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of 10 things you should be working on daily to ensure you are the one that gets that next promotion:
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