Things you must do to get a promotion

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By Martin G. Moore 4 minute Learn

All of us need to get forward and forge a profitable and satisfying (and, sure, profitable) profession. Promotion to a larger degree not solely provides us this but additionally the formal recognition that we’re certainly beneficial and worthwhile people.

That’s why it’s gut-wrenching to see bold individuals work laborious, pondering they’re doing all the fitting issues, solely to be ignored for promotion repeatedly. What are they doing incorrect?


To keep away from falling into this entice, that is what would you want to do to make your self promotable and to be the stand-out candidate for any job.

Onerous work is critical however not ample

A number of individuals work laborious. You see them each day. They put on it like a badge of honor. “Look what number of hours I work!” As if in some way that, by itself, creates worth. It doesn’t.

Sure, you have to work laborious, however what if you have been to work 60-70 hours per week, each week, and nonetheless fail to ship in your core goals? The laborious work shortly turns into irrelevant within the shadow of underperformance and failure.

To face out, you have to present that you can produce unbelievable outcomes, and ship extraordinary worth on your firm. This implies focusing your power on the fitting issues in order that your laborious work has the largest affect.

Work on the proper degree

One of the crucial widespread errors leaders in any respect ranges make is to over-function for his or her individuals. When somebody doesn’t do their job the best way they need to, the chief steps in and does it for them. Why? As a result of they’ll. As a result of they’re snug within the element. As a result of it’s simpler than managing the efficiency of an underperforming particular person. As a result of it’s quicker simply to do it your self.

Regardless of the purpose, we persuade ourselves that we’re main by instance, and we at all times get the job finished. That’s garbage.


If you don’t implement a minimal acceptable normal for conduct and efficiency, your staff might be weak, and its efficiency patchy. Even worse, it’s going to turn out to be more and more depending on you so as to perform.

You must demand that your individuals step up and fill the vacuum you depart when you refuse to do their jobs for them.

“Costume” for the job you need

Clearly, that is metaphorical. To point out the individuals above you that you’re promotable, they want to imagine that you’ll give you the chance to address the calls for and rigors of the subsequent degree.

This implies you want to take into consideration what the subsequent degree truly entails. Cease wanting in and down, and begin wanting up and out. If you solely show your functionality for the job you’re at the moment doing, selling you will seem dangerous. Maybe it might be higher to convey somebody in from exterior who has already demonstrated success at that degree.

As soon as you begin to suppose and discuss the language of the subsequent degree, you’ll give you the chance to do one thing that many individuals can’t—add worth on your boss of their function. That is the shift that happens when you transfer from being a workhorse to a trusted advisor. Everybody loves a good workhorse, however workhorses have a tendency to turn out to be typecast of their present function with their current skillset.

Including worth to your boss by discussing the problems which are vital to them, quite than simply your personal slim remit sends a sign. It says: “I perceive the enterprise, and I’m prepared and keen to tackle extra accountability for its efficiency.”

Make your self redundant, not indispensable

We intuitively suppose that job safety comes from making ourselves indispensable. Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. If you depend on data hoarding for job safety, it might backfire.

Any respectable chief is aware of that data could be acquired, however the actual aggressive benefit comes from ingenuity, perception, and judgment. They’ll see you as a threat they want to mitigate, not a high-value asset to develop and develop.

In case your data makes you important to the functioning of your staff, and the staff depends on you so as to produce outcomes, you can’t be moved anyplace else—and you actually gained’t be promoted.

Making your self successfully redundant demonstrates that:

  • You’ll be able to construct staff functionality (it performs whether or not you’re there or not)
  • You’re rising and creating your self, whatever the plans your supervisor might need for you

Any firm price its salt will discover methods to hold somebody like you, typically creating purpose-built roles that they suppose might fit your distinctive skillset and capabilities. They gained’t need you to depart, solely to lend your abilities to certainly one of their opponents.


Ambition and drive are extremely helpful in the event that they’re utilized the fitting method. Utilizing these attributes to create worth on your firm, and to construct succesful, extremely practical groups, might be an emphatic assertion to these above you that you’re prepared to tackle extra.

However there’s no potential with out efficiency. Your main focus is to lead your staff to ship distinctive outcomes—simply make sure that you have one eye on what you want to do in the present day in order that you find yourself the place you need to be tomorrow.

Martin G. Moore is the founding father of Your CEO Mentor, creator of No Bullsh!t Management, and host of the No Bullsh!t Management podcast.