“There is just no politics in this place and everyone just gets along. Its such a happy place to work!”
Daydream, delusional ?
Wouldn’t that be nice – no politics and everyone just super happy – peachy keen!
I’m not sure if a politics free workplace is possible but I think a low political zone is possible when a workplace has :
- a high level of diversity
- open and supportive culture
- a culture of setting people up for success
- confident leaders
- a low amount of org change, job losses
- high profit
- incentives rewarded based on company performance
- a single pay rate for each job role
- managers are supported when managing out poor performers
- lots of training in positive culture and behaviours
- a simple set of values that are realistic for that industry
- low amount of overtime performed
- community focus
- well run teams are rewarded and a heroes are not
- a fun and consistent induction for new starters and a welcoming culture overall
- a focus on healthy living and balance (i.e.: healthy snacks are provided at training and morning tea’s, lunches are held where good quality food is provided)
- there is not a big drinking culture in place
- attrition is below 7%
- people are treated as human beings
- a low level of open plan working
- new ideas are welcomed and encouraged
Now I’d love to hear from you, what is your equality fantasy ?
Asking for a promotion can be super scary.
Because you will be making it very clear and very public that you are ambitious, have career goals and are prepared to go for them.
This can feel and be very exposing.
This is your opportunity to showcase your skills and lay the foundation for career progression at your current employer.
Got for it!
And, to help you go for it, here is my tried and very personally tested advice for getting that promotion time and time again!
Be Clear On Your Ask
- Know which roles you are interested in
- Know how much money you want in the form of salary and incentives
- Know your why – why are you the right person to be promoted, what are your skills and what do you have to offer (have your sales pitch ready)
- Know what you want to achieve in the new role for your company, business area and yourself
- Know how you would achieve these things
- Also, have a list of any working arrangements that you need considered and accomodated in the new role (i.e.: work from home, start times, limits on travel, if any etc)
Know Who To Ask
Know When to Ask
Ask for promotion when :
- You have already talked through your business case with your immediate boss and any key decision makers
- Achieved any action items that were asked for as part of your business case discussion
- Have held a discussion on the value you can bring to the new role
- You have spoken and gained advice from at least 30% of the leadership team you want to belong to, and
- Made your work visible to that leadership team
Other great times to ask are :
- when you’ve delivered a big win for your company
- when a new job becomes available due to a re-org
- when someone departs a role unexpectedly
What will you do if you get a YES?
Have a celebration plan in place and, have a business plan in place that you can pick up and run with in your new role.
Always make sure to celebrate a promotion (even it feels like something that should have happened ages ago) and appreciate yourself for the increase wealth, autonomy and freedom a new role will bring you both professionally and personally.
What will you do if you get a NO?
Have a ‘No’ plan in place and a timeframe for getting to YES already determined.
Don’t stay too long in a role going no where.
Only you can determine how long is ‘too long’.
By having a plan in place BEFORE your discussion you won’t get sidetracked by the knock to confidence that a NO can have.
This plan will increase your chances of keeping your career on track and seeing knock backs as bumps a long the road not road blocks
Now I’d love to hear from you!
What is the best tip you’ve ever received for getting ahead and getting that promotion ?
He just walked up and asked if I wanted to attend a promotion interview!
Sometimes I like to fantasise about (well many fun things) but often about what the world would be like if we had true and complete equality today.
Can you imagine it ?
I try to and above is the line I’d love to hear from a talented colleague.
Why does this just not happen ?
The one thing that you hear about women (and I would apply this to quieter men as well) is that they have to ‘put their hand up‘. Like we’re in grade 6 and want a turn at using the new MACINTOSH COMPUTER (oops showing my age – we had one MAC for a class of 30! I have odd memories of us all fighting over who got to wheel it out of the ‘computer cupboard’ into the classroom and back).
Putting your hand up is not bad advice.
You do need to ask for promotion, make it known that you want one and visibly work towards it. But this also means that people who are extroverted, brash, over-confident are more likely to get promoted over more conscientious types. (My grade 6 report definitely said ‘Beatrice is a very a conscientious student’ or in other words quiet and introverted.)
I’m a big fan of seeking out talent and pushing people forward.
I don’t think everyone should have to yell and scream to get noticed and there would be a hell of a lot more good women and men in more senior roles if the men (and the rare super woman) in powerful positions took this approach.
Now I’d love to hear from you, what is your equality fantasy ?
I was once at a student conference where during a heated vote someone said “In with ANGER out with LOVE!!” in an exasperated slightly huffy manner, complete with eyeroll. I’m not sure if she was trying to calm herself down or order the others around us to do so. Anyway, it didn’t work! The vote was tight and there’s nothing like being 21 years old and ‘believing’ to make for a tense night on the floor of a national students conference.
Ahh memories, back in the ‘real world’ of work, I find myself sometimes thinking of this moment (ok, often a lot), when everyone around me is ‘battling’ hard and arguing their case on what a process document should be called or how to describe a ‘problem’ without using the word problem itself (challenge/opportunity/moment of clarity etc) when it all seems a bit ridiculous. But I’m a fan of passion and I have definitely fought hard on getting directives re-worded from ‘you have to do this’ to ‘lets all work together on this’. Language is important after all. So I get it, mostly.
There are of course moments when we (I) lose complete perspective.
Sometimes its that feeling you get when you are talked over again for the 1000th time that day, or when you talk through a presentation and get asked to make it ‘pretty’, or when you provide a report and get asked to add in sentences that are already in it (grrrr).
No one is perfect. Bosses aren’t perfect, colleagues aren’t perfect, you and I are not perfect. So sometimes I think of the quote above and think today I’m just going to love everyone and everything because its better than hating, picking and moaning.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
How do you deal with perfectionism?
Do you expect everyone around you and yourself to be perfect?
And, how do you find ways to dial down the impact of this thinking on your life?
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I always thought keeping a well run, no-surprise team with happy staff members was the way to progress in my career.
All it was, was the way to keep my job.
All I looked was competent.
Without anyone outside my boss knowing my achievements, I never got offered roles. I always had to ask for an opportunity. Yet, I could see people around me being offered roles. How did that happen? Why were they being offered a role and I wasn’t?
So, I started to take a different approach.
I began to think of myself as my own PR Manager.
I began to talk openly about my challenges, ask for guidance, talk about my successes and talk about what I’d like to do. I looked for opportunities to create my own role or tweak my role to what I wanted to do and to play to my strengths.
When opportunities are presented I now have a ‘just say yes’ approach and work it out later.
Earlier in my career, I used to change jobs when a difficult situation seemed like an immovable blocker. Usually just when support was gathering around me.
To get to the other side of big problems demonstrates perseverance, courage and aptitude. It also demonstrates to senior leaders that you are able to ask for help and you’re able to learn and stick at it – you don’t let yourself or your team drown.
It takes time to build credibility.
And, there have been times I’ve needed to sound the alarm and ask for help and say things like ‘I’m overwhelmed’.
This has not led to the death of my career.
The important thing I’ve learnt is that sometimes the philosophy of ‘I can do it on my own’ is not useful in the workplace.
Independence is great, isolation is not.
Be open to support. Everyone has troubles in the workplace – the crazy project, the poor performer, the bully to deal with.
I’ve learnt that by being patient, staying calm (mostly) and waiting things out (with limits) has led to greater support and acceptance of who I am and how I am as a leader.
If I can do this in a senior role in IT, you can too.
This is why I wrote ‘I’m Ready Now!’ to help provide a set of activities to build up your confidence, sense of direction and deliberately plan out your next promotion.
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Want a promotion ?
Keeping asking for opportunities and not getting anywhere or worse getting the wrong ones ?
Too good in your current role to be ‘allowed’ to move up ?
Completed all the training, got great feedback, ticked every box but told ‘you’re not ready yet’?
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