Why settle for mid-level on the corporate ladder when you could get promoted to senior management? Take these seven steps to soar to the top.
On The BIGG Success Show , we discuss climbing the corporate ladder – all the way to the executive suite. Here’s a summary of our conversation.
It’s great to get promoted. It’s even better to put yourself on track for upper management.
The sooner in your career that you determine this is your goal, the more likely you will achieve it.
That’s because you may make different choices if you want to get promoted to senior management. For example, in select cases, you may choose a lateral move to another department instead of a promotion within your department.
Here are seven steps to get promoted to senior management.
1) Find a model
Find a senior-level manager or two and determine how they got to their position.
What path did they follow?
How long did it take them to get from where you are to where they are?
2) Set your own goals
With that information in mind, develop a plan for how soon you want to make your next move. The best time to start looking for your next job is today! Always be on the alert for your next opportunity.
Keep in mind that your manager may have different plans for you. If you’re a star, you make him or her look good. Your boss probably wants to keep you around longer than you would like. So does your boss’s boss.
3) Think broad…
As you move up, seek opportunities to broaden your experience. As your know-how expands, you’ll be able to look at challenges and opportunities from more than one point-of-view. This will give you a leg up on people who’ve spent their entire career in one area of the company.
4) …and think abroad
Don’t forget to look for international opportunities as you’re sizing up your moves. That’s where the growth is likely to be in the coming years. There may also be less competition. Experience in markets and operations around the globe will make you more suitable for executive management.
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5) Do something extraordinary
Your boss may not remember something you did six months ago. So tackle a major project shortly before your review.
And what’s the best project to tackle? A project that no one else wants! Deliver the desired results and you’ve got a story to tell – a story that ends when you get promoted to senior management.
6) Develop leadership skills
Show genuine interest in others – both professionally and personally.
People help people they like. Do your job well and give credit liberally.
People follow people they respect. You gain respect when you show respect.
7) Be opportunistic!
These steps won’t guarantee you a trip to the executive suite. There’s one more thing:
Here’s one example: Constantly look for opportunities.
Don’t sit around waiting for the perfect opportunity.
Rather, find an acceptable opportunity, and then lever that into another opportunity. And another. And another. Until you get promoted to senior management.
The key is to get started. It leads to BIGG success!
Here’s to your BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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