5 Simple Steps to Position Yourself for Promotion
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.
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.
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.
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
Set S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant & time bound) objectives
Focus on the next small steps I can take
Progress, not perfection
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.
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.
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.