Getting Promoted: Real Strategies for Advancing Your Career

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From house author and popular management trainer, Harry Chambers, comes a paperback original for ambitious individuals who aspire to achieve growth, development, and promotability in their current job. Chambers dispels the modern day myth that “the only way to move up is to move out,” and provides a wide array of hands-on strategies and tactics to analyze today’s promotional realities, obtain critical skills, recognize internal and external obstacles, and position yourself for success. Drawing from original ...

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Overview

From house author and popular management trainer, Harry Chambers, comes a paperback original for ambitious individuals who aspire to achieve growth, development, and promotability in their current job. Chambers dispels the modern day myth that “the only way to move up is to move out,” and provides a wide array of hands-on strategies and tactics to analyze today’s promotional realities, obtain critical skills, recognize internal and external obstacles, and position yourself for success. Drawing from original interview research with managers and trainers in a wide array of industries, Getting Promoted shows workers at all levels how to focus on the most promotable skills, manage perceptions of colleagues and bosses, avoid promotion-killing behaviors, and assess the competitive landscape.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738201023
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Chambers is President of Trinity Solutions, Inc., an Atlanta-area consulting and training firm specializing in leadership, team coaching and building, and organizational development. He is the co-author of No Fear Management: Rebuilding Trust, Performance, and Commitment in the New American Workplace and The Bad Attitude Survival Guide, named one of the 30 best business books of 1998 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries.

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An Excerpt from Getting Promoted by Harry E. Chambers

A Career Quiz

Your promotion success will be determined by how others perceive you. Your perception of your skills, abilities, and willingness isn't enough; that same perception must exist in the minds of those who will be making or influencing the final decision. You do not have to like this fact, but you must accept it as truth. The perceptions of others may carry more influence than reality. Cultivating your visibility and image is critical to your future success.

Throughout this book, you will discover effective strategies for influencing the perceptions of others. Once again, this will take a significant commitment on your part. Are you motivated to do what is necessary to achieve your goal? The following assessment may be helpful:

Identifying Your Promotability Quotient PQ

On a scale of 1 to 10 1 = never; 10 = always, complete the following assessment.

I consistently outperform my peers.

I work effectively in a collaborative or team environment.

I take pride in my work not displaying an "it doesn't matter" style.

I work well independently without constant supervision.

I rarely experience consistent or recurring personality conflicts with others.

I successfully resolve workplace conflicts.

I consistently communicate in a clear concise manner. I consistently meet deadlines.

Tasks and projects move quickly through my area I am not a bottleneck to others' achievements.

I take responsibility for problems not blaming or shifting the responsibility to others.

I use good judgment and common sense in decision making.

I comply with policies and use organizational resources appropriately never utilizing equipment for personal projects, etc..

I do not allow personal problems or issues to interfere with my workplace behavior or productivity.

I resist feeding the rumor mill.

I refuse to talk about others when they are not present to defend themselves.

I extend appropriate recognition to others.

I listen appropriately and effectively.

I avoid expressing contempt or disregard for the organization, leadership, customers/clients, or coworkers. I am internally self-motivated not requiring others to motivate me.

I receive from others the exact results, information, or performance I expect from them.

Scoring:

If your total score is...

180 and above: You are either very generous in your self-appraisal or you should already be running the organization! A second, third, or fourth opinion may be helpful to you in realistically assessing your skills. Key questions: If you perceive your skills, abilities and willingness to be so high, why don't others? Why haven't you already been promoted? It may indicate a lack of realistic organizational opportunity or inability to influence people's positive promotable perception of you. Rating yourself unrealistically may create a self-perceived lack of need for growth and development. This could be deadly in your quest for promotion.

160-179: Your promotion is probably on the horizon if the organizational opportunity truly exists. Use this book to identify three key opportunities for:

  • Specific skill and ability, growth and development
  • Circumstances to demonstrate your extremely high willingness to succeed
  • Influencing the perceptions of promotion decision makers and influencers

149-159: Congratulations on your honesty. This book will help you to identify the most important steps you must take to position yourself for a successful future promotion. Actively prioritize your challenges, concentrating on those you determine to be most important, and view your promotion as an intermediate goal--eighteen to thirty-six months.

Below 139: The good news is, there are lots of opportunities for improvement. Develop a plan to prioritize and pursue those opportunities. The realistic outlook is: promotion is not imminent -- look long term.

From GETTING PROMOTED by Harry E. Chambers. Copyright © 1999 by Harry E. Chambers. Published by Perseus Books, a member of Perseus Book Group. All rights reserved.

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