Ask a group of 3-year-old preschoolers where carrots come from and don’t surprised if you hear “from rabbits.” Adults answer a lot of “where” questions wrong also. In the 1st “carrots” post, I discussed “Where does job security not come from?” The 2nd “carrots” post was “Where does job security come from?” This 3rd (and last) “carrots” post is “Where does job advancement come from?”
So you have a job, you are doing the things that give you a reasonable sense of security, and now, you have your eyes set on a promotion—maybe even the corner office. You want more pay, more responsibility, more ways to contribute to your organization’s success. Great! Go for it!
There are a lot of great resources on how to climb the company ladder. They talk about vision, strategy, knowledge, education, and so on—all important. But there are a few other things you need to consider before you launch on the path toward the top.
In no particular order:
I am not trying to discourage you from seeking job advancement. I am trying to caution you to go for it with your eyes wide open. Happy climbing—or not.
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© Copyright 2014 by Dick Wells, The Hard Lessons Company.
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