Will you ?
One of the aspects of the book that I really struggled with was saying : “choose one role to focus on!”.
I struggled because at the time I was reviewing the progress of my own promotion plan. I really wanted a promotion but was getting annoyed and frustrated on how long it was taking. Some extra projects, which I had happily spent a lot of my own time working on, hadn’t paid off in the way that I had hoped. And, I realised I had a choice – wait another year for promotion or go elsewhere ?
The vibe was good, my word of mouth was good yet I was getting impatient. I had to acknowledge my momentum had slowed because I had taken time out to write my first book. My energy was directed elsewhere. I knew that this had delayed my promotion, reduced my visibility and meant I hadn’t had a chance to really line up the key decision makers to make the decision that I wanted.
There’s nothing like taking my own medicine to make my bottom lip stick out. Not fair banana bear, I wanted to write a book and get a promotion all in the same year!!
So I did look elsewhere – I talked to my recruitment contacts, I networked and caught up with old friends. But something didn’t feel ‘right’. Inside me was saying – that’s the wrong way, that isn’t even what YOU are recommending !!
So I stayed and within a few months a new senior manager started and I took the opportunity to ask the tough questions :
I want a promotion this time next year and will this role make this happen ?
New Senior Manager said ‘YES’.
I also asked him ‘will you back me for that promotion?’
And again he said ‘YES’.
So I decided to stay.
Lesson learnt! Momentum is powerful because it builds confidence, it also builds random oppourtunities. Being ready to ask the right questions at the right time when that opportunity arises (a new role, new boss, secondment etc) WORKS!
Choose one role and you will have that opportunity to create momentum for your next promotion!
Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree that focussing on one role will make it easier for you to get a promotion ?
What is one action you can take this week to get one step closer to getting your next promotion?