5 Simple Steps to Position Yourself for Promotion

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This week, I hosted the webinar “5 Simple Steps to Position Yourself for Promotion”.  It was a 30-minute jam-packed, high-energy career advancement webinar.  Attended by ~80 people from 10 different organizations.

I promised to share the recording with the attendees.  Except I realized later… we did not actually record the webinar! Argh!

This post is dedicated to all of you who showed up for the webinar.  Thank you again for joining.  I value your time and trust.  

Here is a summary of the 5-step process. Use The 5 A’s as your guide, your roadmap to building a thriving and fulfilling career. 

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Step 1 - Appreciate where am I now?

Inquire into your strengths & resources.  A good tool to spot your strengths is SIGN (source: “The Truth About You” by Marcus Buckingham):

SUCCESS – When you do it, you feel effective.

INSTINCT – Before you do it, you actively look forward to it.

GROWTH – While doing it, you feel inquisitive and focused.

NEEDS – After you’ve done it, you feel fulfilled and authentic.

Self-coaching questions:

  • What has worked so far?

  • What am I good at?  

  • How am I applying my strengths?

  • What recent success can I count on?

Step 2 - Aspire where am I going?

Understand your top values, the kind of impact that is meaningful to you.  And therefore, what are the next best steps in your career - to have continuous external success AND internal fulfillment.

Self-coaching questions:

  • How do I prefer to use those skills?

  • What are my top 5 values?

  • How congruent are my career values to my current role?

  • What kind of progression would be meaningful to me?

  • What are the career/job options that align with my top values?

Step 3 - Action getting from here to there


  1. Set S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant & time bound) objectives

  2. Focus on the next small steps I can take

  3. Progress, not perfection

Self-coaching questions:

  • What skills (functional, transferrable etc) would I need to develop?

  • What experiences would I want to enhance?

  • What perspective might I need to have?

  • What connections would be important? 

  • What support would be helpful?

  • What kind of personal brand would be effective?

Step 4 - Activate who else can help me?

This is where you build the support team for You Inc.  Specifically, we discussed the 3 key roles on the webinar: reporting manager, mentor, sponsor.

Self-coaching questions:

  • How can I build a strong, supportive relationship with my manager?

  • Who can help me to skill up?

  • What perspectives & insights would be helpful?

  • Who can expand my access and visibility beyond my immediate circle?

  • How can I contribute to their success/priorities?

Step 5 - Align who do I need to be?

These steps that I’ve outlined here - are simple to understand, but not necessarily easy to do.  You must align your mindset & skillset to where you want to go.

Self-coaching questions:

  • How can I nurture a growth mindset?

  • What can I learn from this setback?

  • How can I apply more of what’s working?

When you’re growing, there’ll be discomfort. So get comfortable being uncomfortable. Focus your time and energy - to create the career that you want, and not just the job you’ve today.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~Abraham Lincoln