Soft Skills - How to prepare yourself for your next promotion.
Sometime in the first 5 years of your career, you may be getting a promotion. However, before a promotion takes place, you have to begin to walk as if you are already performing at the next level. This shouldn’t be because of self-entitlement, but rather a frame of mind, a way of being that trains others to see you at the next level. Ultimately, you are subtly branding yourself as being the next manager by exemplifying qualities seen in the next level, which includes performance. Below are some ways to do this in your day-today work.
Deliver beyond expectations.
Have you ever purchased a sandwich and a drink only to be called back to the counter because the price also included a bag of chips or a cookie? It is a good feeling. You think to yourself, “This is a good value and I am pleasantly surprised.”
As you deliver your work, presentations, or reports, always give a little extra. If the request is for A, B, and C, think beyond this and include D and maybe even E. I once had a team member in a leadership team who embodied this way of being. I would ask her to extract data from a system so that I could evaluate it. She would give me the data in record time and share her analysis of the data: trends, categories, and observations. As you can imagine, this saved me a ton of time and gave me a starting point that I didn’t expect.