Research shows that only about 30% of employees are actually satisfied with their job. And having been a management consultant for over 35 years, I have helped navigate many career low points with my clients. Rest assured, career dissatisfaction is natural and part of the game. However, there are certain crises that can rock the confidence of even the ablest of managers—so much that it can lead to career devastation: being rejected for a promotion you thought was in the bag.
Unfortunately, very few managers ultimately recover from such a crisis, which is part of the reason that only about 35% of managers are optimistic about achieving such tempting career advancement.
Imagine this. You’ve been a model employee your whole career – not only bringing in results but also a real team player. You hear about an opening for a job that seems as if it was tailored just for you. You apply for the opening, knowing that you’ve got that tempting career advancement nailed and…boom, you’re rejected. In one minute, your world is turned upside down and your career, your aspirations and most of all your self confidence, all come tumbling down. And, like in the famous TV commercial, you just can’t get up.
Or maybe you could’ve avoided this fall by finding out if you were really promotion material in the first place. To discover if you are, I’ve designed a very short questionnaire that, when answered honestly and from the gut, will provide you with an accurate picture of your readiness for promotion. To get immediate feedback about your potential for promotion, click here to take the survey. You’ll find out right away what you need to improve to seize that next opportunity.
So let’s review what talented managers like you might be thinking when they receive the shocking news that they haven’t been promoted:
All of these thoughts are completely legitimate. No one is saying that you are being untruthful or even exaggerating. In fact, you wouldn’t have gotten this far without these special qualities.
But here’s the thing. Excelling at your current job doesn’t create an automatic passkey into your next job. In fact, the more you advance, the harder it will be to develop the kinds of qualities you’ll need for that next promotion. No matter where you are in your career, you have to keep developing other aspects so that you’ll be able to handle the complexities of more senior positions. That’s why it’s important to understand, at all times, where you stand.
The first step is to take this short survey and to receive a clear picture of your chances for promotion. Once you know what you have to do, it’s just a matter of embarking on the journey.
And always remember: Great managers are made. Not born.
Etika founded her blog - Great managers are made. Not born. - based on 35 years of field research and experience in empowering mid-level executives to achieve the promotions they deserve. Reach out to Etika on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.