Chasing a promotion
Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: Vojtìch Vlk
"My performance reviews are
always positive, yet I was recently passed up for a much-anticipated
When a mountain climbing team is being put together, the leader
will choose not only the most technically competent climbers, but
also those who possess personal characteristics that enable them
to stay calm and think through life saving strategies in dangerous
situations. Hiring and promoting the best person for the right
position is one of the most important tasks a CEO does. The ability
to recognize potential talent, and nurture that talent will exceed
the value of the CEO's own personal contribution. Relax and work on your people skills. Seek ways to motivate others to get results. Intelligence and
technical capability aren't always
enough. Be sensitive to how your boss makes decisions. Speak
his/her language - one boss needs statistics, the other relates
pictures. The sure fire way to find out what your boss looks
for in people he/she promotes is to ask before the promotion
opportunity arises. Initiate "volunteerism". Leap at chances to stand out in front of management. Avail
yourself of every chance
with a broad base of people in the company. Talk to your
boss. Find out his/her favorite projects and get involved in
those, while avoiding those he or she
like. Initiate cost reductions in your department, instead
of always asking for a bigger budget.
A corporation's culture will often influence whether outstanding
performers are chosen because they are young, energetic, and full
of new ideas, or if they are more experienced, wiser, and disciplined.
One will need to patiently wait for promotions in a company that
values experience and discipline. Therefore, the higher one moves
up the career ladder, the more important it is to achieve results
that match the fundamental spirit and beliefs of the company.
Chemistry is often a word used to address the intangible feelings
of fitting with the values and attitudes of a CEO and his team.
Being on the same wavelength will keep the team cohesive and induce
the CEO's trust. Consider:
Article prepared by Renée LeMoine, Executive
Director, LeMoine & Associates
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