My mentee came to me this week a bit frustrated about the fact that he’s doing his job well, solving problems and advancing his department however feels passed over when considered for promotion.
His question to me was “What else can I do to put myself in a position for promotion?”.
Let’s be honest, there are no guarantees in life and therefore what I’m going to suggest is the right thing to do that could lead to greener pastures, at minimum, it will make you a better positude leader.
Doing an awesome job within your department is a great first step however to be noticed, one must take on and lead a project from the front. If you sit back and wait for it to come to you, it will likely not happen. Therefor it is paramount to be in tune with the organizational strategic efforts and volunteer yourself to be involved in projects that are somewhat related to your core responsibilities. Another option would be to offer something to your organization at large that is unique and crosses all departments.
Be smart and select something you feel passionate about and preferable have deep knowledge and experience with. This will make it a bit easier to gain traction and respect from your coworkers. If you don’t, you just have to work harder to gain the expertise needed to lead from the front.
What is critical to your success, is the need to view this position not as something else you have to do but rather something that you want to do and who you are as a leader.
After identifying the right project, volunteer yourself to take the lead and responsibility to form a great team and drive the process to a successful outcome. It will take extra work, dedication and positude to bring the right stakeholders to the table.
Refer to my recent blog “Key Ingredients for Performance” to ensure you are setting yourself up for success. Be consistent, be passionate, be inclusive and stay the course.
Your teammates will follow your lead and once your project is performing don’t forget to communicate this effectively throughout the organization by giving credit to your team.
You might have to repeat this a few times before your stature in the organization is raised to someone who can impact beyond that of his/her department.
Lead from the Front!