How to Guarantee You Won’t Get That Promotion

Getting promoted is more of an art than a science. Long gone are the days of simply counting the number of days you’ve been in your role before getting bumped up to the next level. Unless you’re working for the government or a relatively small number of companies, your tenure in your position will not automatically qualify you for a promotion.

My guess is that if you have not yet been promoted, you are going about it the wrong way. Here are a few sure-fire ways to guarantee you won’t get that promotion… and what you should be doing instead:

1. Thinking Your Work Speaks for Itself

This is the biggest mistake you can make in your career — sitting back, hoping your work will speak for itself and be recognized. Thinking other people are noticing how awesome you are will get you passed over for a promotion, each and every time.

Think about it: in our culture, we tend to only take notice when things aren’t working well, not when things are going swimmingly. You’re expected to deliver at a high level — that’s the basic expectation your manager has for you. So unless you drop the ball, your manager isn’t really noticing — or talking about — your incredible work.

You may get noticed by a few people by sitting back and doing the work, but it will not put your name at the top of the conversation when leaders are seeking someone to fill the shoes at the next level.

Action: No one cares about your career more than you do, and that includes your next promotion. It’s time to put on your PR hat and start talking about the work you’re delivering. Not in a crazy annoying way, but you can subtly start mentioning the results you’re delivering, new ideas you’ve implemented and ways you’ve contributed as a team member during team meetings, casual conversations or recap summaries. Be your own advocate — don’t wait for someone else to see you.

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From Overly Ambitious to Moving Up

Impatience is a virtue… said the overly ambitious employee with their eyes set on their next move. Ambition is a great characteristic to have, especially early on in your career. It will help you stay on track, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and keep you far away from the dreaded work complacency bug.

But while you are busy being ambitious, you tend to miss important lessons and skillsets around you. Ambition changes your focus forward – to what’s next, blurring out what is.

I know the narrowing of focus first-hand. I spent the first seven (that’s generous) years of my career so overly ambitious that I missed critical opportunities that would have propelled my career forward even faster.

I ignored the small things, the lessons, the connections, and the work.

My ambition scared people. My bosses felt threatened; their bosses didn’t know what to do with me; my peers didn’t want to be on the same team as me because I was too intense; and so on.

Only as I look back can I see how the approach I took wasn’t the best one, it wasn’t the most efficient one to move up. Learn from my seven-year ambition cloud.

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I Just Don’t Know How to Get Promoted

This is the fifth and last post  in a series  where I show you the ins and outs of getting promoted. Missed the first four– you can learn Where Do I Start to Get PromotedWhat Can I Do to Get PromotedI Haven’t Been Promoted Yet Because…, and Someone is Sabotaging My Promotion.

Why? Because my new course, GET PROMOTED is open and I want you to see how much juicy information will be packed into this four-week adventure. I hope you’ll join us!

You can see all of the course details here:

I Just Don’t Know How

Maybe you’ve been burned. Or everything that you have tried in the past, just hasn’t worked. It’s time to come clean, you probably just don’t know how to get promoted.

And that’s ok – it’s your starting point.

But getting promoted doesn’t just happen. That’s important to keep repeating. The advice you’re getting from your parents – be dedicated, show your commitment, then they will recognize you, isn’t a plan of action.

I’m not going to lie, getting on the promotion track isn’t going to be easy. It’s not going to be “business as usual” at work. In fact, you’re going to have to step up your game. Likely at the expense of something else.

If you are still sure that your reasons behind wanting to Get Promoted are pure and true, then let’s start when how to do it.

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Someone is Sabotaging My Promotion

This is the fourth  in a series of posts where I will show you the ins and outs of getting promoted. Missed the first three – you can learn Where Do I Start to Get PromotedWhat Can I Do to Get Promoted and I Haven’t Been Promoted Yet Because….

Why? Because my new course, GET PROMOTED is open and I want you to see how much juicy information will be packed into this four-week adventure. I hope you’ll join us!

Someone is Sabotaging My Promotion

Maybe you know what you need to do to get promoted, or you think you know how. But there’s a huge road block standing in your way, sabotaging your success. Whether real or perceived sabotage, the end result is the same – you feel trapped with no support, and no way up the ladder.

My Boss Hates Me

Having a rocky relationship with your boss is the most common form of “sabotage” I see with my clients. When your boss isn’t a raving fan or ally of yours, it can make getting promoted more difficult. And let’s be clear – you will need to work on the relationship with your boss if you want to increase your odds.

But your boss hating you, isn’t a full stop to promotion. Here’s a few ways to overcome this kind of sabotage.

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I Haven’t been Promoted Yet Because… My Situation is Unique

This is the third in a series of posts where I will show you the ins and outs of getting promoted. Missed the first two – you can learn Where Do I Start to Get Promoted and What Can I Do to Get Promoted here.

Why? Because my new course, GET PROMOTED is open and I want you to see how much juicy information will be packed into this four-week adventure. I hope you’ll join us!

I Haven’t been Promoted Yet Because… My Situation is Unique

There tends to be more exceptions , than “rules” when it comes to work situations. One of the most common thing clients say to me is that they haven’t been promoted yet because… and they will go on to explain how their situation is unique.

In other words, they share their excuses and internal stories.

I’ve heard it all – not having the most seniority, being related (or not related) to the decision maker, not being in the same office as their boss, working a flexible work schedule, and so on. Or maybe it’s because:

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