Why Your Boss Holds You Back – Part 1
We want to talk today to really good employees. If you’re truly not one – if you know you slack off, if you’re one of the average and ordinary – today’s conversation isn’t for you.
For all you BIGG goal-getters, we’re going to talk about something today that you may have already faced.
If you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. It’s only a matter of time.
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You work hard. Much harder than most. You get there early. You stay late. You do your homework.
But it’s not just the time you put in.
You deliver results time after time. Your boss knows you’re his or her go-to guy or gal.
You get the hardest projects, the ones that are most critical to your organization’s success.
And you always come through.
Your boss notices. You get some credit for what you’ve done. You may even get a spiff or a small raise.
Out of the blue, an opportunity arises within your company.
You think you’re perfectly suited for it. It would mean a BIGG increase in responsibility but you’re confident that you can handle the challenge.
You also like the increased pay. But most importantly, this new position would place you on track for your ultimate goal with the company.
You’re so excited.
You can’t wait to talk to your boss. You know he or she could grease the wheels.
They could definitely get you an interview. Then it would just be up to you to demonstrate how qualified you are.
But when you tell your boss, you’re surprised at the reaction.
You’re given a laundry list of reasons why it would be a bad move.
You’re not qualified.
It’s not the right fit for you right now.
Be patient. A better opportunity will come up down the road.
You leave the office confused.
You can feel it.
This is a good move.
You are qualified.
A simple truth about your boss
You need to understand a simple truth about your boss:
Your boss wants to hold you back.
Not because you haven’t earned the opportunity to take on more.
Not because you’re not qualified.
No, none of these are the reasons your boss isn’t willing to help you out.
The secret motivation of your boss
The real reason? It’s the secret motivation of your boss:
He or she is being rewarded for keeping you where you’re at.
The rewards may be monetary. He or she is being paid handsomely and you’re the star performer lining their pockets.
They may get a lot of credit for the work you’re doing. You make your boss look good to his or her boss. Without you, the results just won’t be the same.
In other words, you’re too valuable to let go.
Seems like a good thing, right? But you may be so valuable that your boss can’t let you go anywhere.
You can’t really blame your boss. While it may be small-minded, it certainly is logical from his or her point-of-view.
What can you do about it? What are your options?
We’ll share three suggestions on our next show. Please check back tomorrow.
In the meantime, how about sharing with us? Have you ever had a boss who held you back? What did you do?
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