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How to Get Promoted at Work

Is it time for you to have a better career opportunity? Great, then take the job you’re doing and build it out in such a way that if you’re not there next Thursday, then anybody else can step in and do it. In fact, if you’re not there for three weeks, anyone can step in and do what you’re doing. Because when you build out that job, suddenly people start looking at you and thinking: “I wonder if you can do that for other jobs?” You become instantly promotable.

It makes you far more attractive, because it forces you to think through “what’s the best way to do everything that I do?” It’s also a way of making sure your team is always taken care of.

So, build out that job. Make sure you have good operating procedures. Make sure they’re close to your desk so that anybody can step in and find them. Make sure that your manager knows that you’re doing exactly that, and they will be thrilled. You never know what’s possible for those that step in to make sure that anyone can do their job.

The Best Way to Feel Better About YOU

People often say to me: “I just don’t feel appreciated in my workplace.” Well, if that’s the feeling you have,  I have a solution, and that is for you to begin to appreciate. “Oh, but Roxanne, you don’t understand. You didn’t hear what I said. I’m not feeling appreciated.”

Jungian psychology has taught us that when you don’t feel appreciated, what that really means is that you have a disowned part of yourself projected onto another. It speaks to the work we need to do on ourselves.  So, the best way to feel more appreciated is to start by appreciating others.

By appreciating others, you’ll feel better about yourself, and I’ll bet this problem of not feeling appreciated will quickly fall away.

When Things Are Chaotic, Be a Stellar Communicator With Your Manager

Does your direct supervisor know exactly what you’re working on this week and what kind of results that you’re committed to making happen? And also, what kind of exceptions are happening and what you’re doing about those? If not, you might call your manager a micromanager, but let me assure you, they may not be a micromanager. You have made them into a micromanager.

You see managers are responsible for the outcomes of the job for all their direct reports. And if a manager does not have great visibility in the status of every project, who’s being called, what kind of things are you talking to them about? Where are the exceptions? What kind of results are you getting? Where are you having problems getting the results? What are you doing about that? Without complete communication and the status of every project, and what’s being done about it, that manager is put in a very uncomfortable spot called my manager or my board, if it’s a CEO, fully expects me to deliver on the outcomes, and I can’t see the inputs being managed properly, so guess what? I now am a micromanager.

When that happens, that doesn’t look good for you because that basically has said you’re letting them down. Step in and be an authentic communicator, that creates great visibility. And if you have an oopsy and a problem, bring it up and talk about what you’re doing about it, because there is no manager who will be surprised that something broke down or some number didn’t get hit. What they don’t want to hear about is that you’re covering it up and not making it completely visible, as well as your plan to get around it.

Build some great visibility in everything you do and make sure that you give your manager a phenomenal daily or weekly report, at a minimum, a monthly report as well, about exactly the status of everything, so they don’t have to ask. And think of the time you’ll save for them and for you.

Assume the Best Intentions

Sometimes, when somebody says something, we interpret it through our own filters. I sometimes use this example: Imagine that you have a professor from college who gives three different students their papers back and on the top of each paper he writes: “Interesting.”

One person gets the paper and goes: “Oh my gosh, I’m going to flunk. This is the end of the world. This professor never liked me. I probably will be a janitor the rest of my life.” Another person may say: “Interesting. I need to get some more information about this.” And somebody else may receive those words and think: “I am clear. This professor wants me to co-teach next semester.” Same word… interpreted three different ways.

We take information in through our filters. Communication isn’t just what’s said, it’s what we digest. Often that comes from our past history and what our beliefs are about ourselves.

As you hear things people say in the future, make sure you run things through this filter: “assume the best intentions.” Assume that they have your back, that they meant well, and something just went into breakdown. Because when you don’t assume best intentions, it usually doesn’t end up pretty. Enjoy your assumption of best intentions.

Can You Be Counted on for “Clean Communication?”

Can you be counted on for clean communication? What does that mean? It means, instead of complaining, that you make a request to people about what’s necessary. It means, when you see something in breakdown, that you point it out and bring a solution to what it could be. It means that if your nose goes sideways because you’re not getting along with somebody, that you go immediately to them and talk to them about what’s going on and say, “Hey, there’s something in breakdown here. I’m calling to have a cleanup conversation to see how we can get back on the rails, in terms of our relationship being connected, because right now I’m a little bit angry about what’s going on.” It means you’re taking responsibility to keep the communication clean, advancing it in powerful ways and making sure that you don’t become a part of the problem, but that you’re always, instead, a part of the solution.

The magical system behind all of that is buried in a powerful rule called “the request.” In other words, there are many people who can point out what’s wrong, but that doesn’t move anything along. It’s not advancing language. A request that asks for a specific behavior, alternatively, is a powerful thing that gets you what you want most of the time. Or it gets you into the negotiation, where you can understand the other side of the story.

Please stand up to be the kind of person that can be counted on for clean communication, so that nobody goes sideways in conversations with you, and so that that there is no worry about passive-aggressive behavior and all those kinds of things that can sneak in during challenging times, where sometimes the highest and best self doesn’t show up. Choose to be the person of character that makes sure that you stay in the request.