Your corporate development career path: is it time to give up your dream of promotion?
You’ve tried everything to beef up your resume for internal promotion. And you’ve tried countless seminars and workshops (see my story of Melanie).
And you’re tired. And you’re disappointed. But no, it’s not time to give up. Here are the top five reasons mid-level managers give up...and how you can beat them. and continue corporate development career path
1. “I’ll never get promoted because it’s their fault”.
You blame the organization. You blame your boss. You blame your co-workers.
You might even blame your dog.
You’re the victim of a raw deal. You’ve been dealt a bad hand.
So deal yourself a new hand - and stop playing the blame game.
2. “I’m sure I’ll get promoted - eventually.”
Though you’re a leading candidate, that promotion is going to someone else just this time around.
That’s all right, because you’re sure they mean it. And you dutifully wait patiently - dreaming about that next time around.
But deep down inside, you know that you’ll never be promoted. Time to wake up from dreaming.
3. “Promotion will come at the right time.”
Under the right conditions, you will be promoted. That’s the way it works at your company. After all, it’s their vested interest to see you succeed.
But when will these “right conditions” come about? Ever?
Don’t let yourself get stuck in the same place.
4. “I’m too busy to deal with promotion right now.”
Your job. Your family. Your friends. Your obligations.
But what about your career?
Is everything OK?
What about the little disappointments? The lack of clear direction? Decreased motivation? Inadequate reward?
These symptoms, if left untreated, are guaranteed to get worse as time goes by. And one day, you’ll find yourself dreading your job.
Don’t get to this state. Find a way forward.
5. “It’s really out of my hands.”
You’ve been passed up in the past. And it’s left some pretty hefty scars.
Maybe you’ve experienced sadness, anger, or even embarrassment.
Your self-confidence has been rattled. Perhaps you’re just not promotional material.
This thinking is self-destructive and misuses the energy needed to “get back on the horse.”
My advice to you:
Based on these five reasons, I want you to commit to not committing the Five Deadly Sins of career mismanagement:
1. Do not hide from trouble; embrace it.
2. Do not wait passively; be proactive.
3. Do not confuse being asked to wait patiently with a real offer for promotion.
4. Do not say, “I don’t have time.”
5. Do not declare anything “out of your hands.” It’s in your hands.
And continue your corporate development career path
And always remember:
Great managers are made. Not born.
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