It is hardly possible to find a person who seems to be totally happy with the current position or occupation, and would gladly refuse a promotion. We all always aspire for better and dream about becoming bosses or chiefs, receiving more money and living a more advanced life. And it happens all around: some people try doing everything possible to get promoted faster, but the bosses keep on not noticing them and giving them no promotion. Whatever they choose to blame: their bad luck, their family or personal problems, their colleagues, their bosses, or bad alignment of the stars, most likely they have only themselves to blame. Usually, their wrong or unethical behavior, bad habits, a lack of knowledge and other personal issues become key reasons why such people make bad impression and can not get promoted.
Take a look at the list of the things you would keep in mind in case if you do not want to spend the life in sales management chair and want to get promoted. This list was recently published by a group of business management experts from the University of Harvard.
- Whatever it takes, avoid making too fast decisions. Certainly, being able to make bright and effective decisions is a unique and very valuable skill, but very very few people possess it. Most of the bosses like such subordinates who know how to make serious and right decisions, and all superiors are well aware about the fact that it takes time to make great decisions.
- Never lose control of what you are responsible for. Always try to play your role at your position in the most effective and the best way, never over-delegate or assume too much responsibilities. Always think about your subordinates and protect their interests.
- Never show a lack of motivation or enthusiasm in your working environment. If you want to get promoted and are trying to avoid the career killing habits, always show your desire to improve, your eager to learn new things, your sheer interest in work and appreciation for every new thing you have to learn.
- Never demonstrate improper behavior, even when you ave to deal with the most dishonest and nastiest people. If you like gossiping, swearing aloud to your contractors, shouting and showing aggression against your subordinates, telling lies to your colleagues and flattering your boss, you have quite fat chances for being promoted soon.
- Never be sure that your work and your success speak for themselves and give you a chance to obtain a higher position at work. Unfortunately, all people tend to notice and acknowledge only their own success and achievements, that is why there is nothing wrong about speaking aloud about own little professional victories, but in modest amounts, of course.
- Never get personal with your superiors. Never write personal letter, get too much relaxed and be sure that your boss is always looking at you as at his or her subordinate, no matter how friendly he or she is trying to behave.
- Never ask a feedback from your boss or your colleagues if you can not stand of critics and always get offended on any kind of criticism. Undoubtedly, it can be hard to cope with some critics, but being unable to accept criticism usually gives an impression that you’re not going to improve.
- Never speak too loud when you are at work. This is usually understood as the top of bad behavior and very much not recommended. Speaking loud looks not only as something impolite, but also as something that can give you an impression of a bad worker. What if competitors are listening to your talks?
- Never drink too much of alcohol at the office parties. Uncontrolled drinking can have very very serious consequences and in the worst case scenario can put the whole your professional career to end.