Getting A Promotion: Are Your Ready? Develop A Habit of Asking Yourself These Questions
I have come to realize one of the first things to tackle in getting a promotion is getting to know yourself.
Unless you know yourself and what you want, trying to seek the formula for a promotion is futile. It may sound very philosophical but it is not.
I am not denying that all these are important. They are, but across the previous two years I have learned that it is ‘easier’ to get a promotion once you get to know yourself.
Start to be aware of your own strengths, wants, ambitions and priorities and the promotion will come soon enough. Of course, assuming you will deliver the work beyond expectations. Knowing yourself is only part of the equation.
How then do you get to know yourself? What are some of the questions to ask yourself to help you to get that promotion?
1. Am I Able to Truly Tell Myself What I Truly Want?
Sure it is commendable that you are thinking about getting a promotion. Wanting is one thing. Knowing you truly have what it takes and is willing to sacrifice to get it is another. Some execs aren’t even sure if they are in the right job much less in wanting a promotion.
Ask yourself – am I able to truly tell myself what I truly want?
2. How Am I Spending My Time To Get What I Want?
When given a plan that will help them in getting that promotion, they squander away half their time doing unproductive activities. Let me give you a simple example, if you need to widen to your knowledge one of the easiest is to read. Are you willing to sacrifice your leisure time for reading? Many promising executives even fail at this. How can one truly say they plan on getting a promotion when they don’t even have the discipline to manage their own time?
So, really – how am I spending my time to get what I want?
3. Am I Able to Listen to Things I Don’t Want to Hear But Need To Hear?
If you plan on getting a promotion then start cultivating the skill of accepting constructive feedback. Make sure you have friends and colleagues that are able to tell you your flaws.
When you start to be defensive, you inevitably push people away. Learn to listen to things that you do not want to hear but need to hear. That way you learn what you can improve. You need not wait till the year end formal evaluation to find out that you have under performed. You inch closer to getting promoted when you cultivate the habit of listening to your close friends and colleagues giving you frank opinions on your work style.
Now ask – am I able to listen to things I don’t want to hear but need to hear?
Core competencies are important in getting a promotion. Getting there faster takes more than core competencies that your work requires. It requires a huge amount of self-awareness and understanding. When you do that, getting a promotion becomes easier.
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