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Promotion Mistakes

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5 common promotion mistakes you may be making:

(and how to fix them Today)

1. Outcome Over Process

↳Think of your promotion as an outcome. Obsess over and act on the inputs: the skills you need to acquire, the experiences you need to demonstrate, the showcasing of your achievements, and the feedback you need to incorporate.

2. Not Communicating Aspirations

↳Clearly and explicitly communicate your career objectives with your manager and skip-level(s). For example, are you aspiring for a lateral move, a change in job family, or progression to the next level? Periodically review these aspirations for progress and changes.

3. Not Taking Ownership

↳Demonstrate your commitment towards career growth by initiating and executing a career growth plan. This plan should define your development goals over the next 1-2 quarters. Leverage mentors and your manager(s) for review and support.

4. Thinking Your Work Will Speak for Itself

↳While doing great work is table stakes, making yourself and your work strategically visible is equally important. Regularly review your work in progress and deliverables with others, with a clear intent to improve, learn, and scale the impact on the organization.

5. Thinking You Need to Grow Your Career by Yourself

↳You are not alone. Career growth takes a village. Leverage peers, mentors, managers, and coaches. Leverage others for inspiration, guidance, lessons, perspective, support, and opportunities. Remember, though, that your journey is unique to you.

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PS: Remember, in this non-linear career journey, the only relevant comparison is to who you were yesterday.