Looking For A Promotion? An Expert Has Some Tips On How To Succeed

NY1 News

Paul Messina

January 2006

Some use the new year as motivation to find a new job, but if you’d rather stay and make your current one a bit better, NY1’s Paul Messina has some tips in this Money Matters Report.

Change is good, but you don’t always have to seek that promotion at a different company. You can work to improve your reputation and your standing right where you are.

“As an executive coach I do a lot of work with people in terms of how they communicate with others, and certainly coming across powerfully and professionally is important,” says Maggie Craddock, and executive coach and author of “The Authentic Career.”

Craddock says there are other important ways to help you reach your goal as well.

Tip number one: Go on a “negative thought” diet. Try to eliminate the negativity that can pop up in the workplace.

Tip number two: Look out from behind the looking glass. Stop focusing on “me, me, me.”

“Your real evaluation on the job takes place behind your back,” says Craddock. “And it’s how you leave people feeling about themselves after you’ve interacted with them that’s going to make or break you on that one.”

Have you noticed? The people who get promoted are often pleasant to be around.

Tip number three: Put “you” on your “to-do” list.

“I think one of the most important things people can do is to remember to take the time to be able to think about their careers, why they’re doing what they’re doing, and have important conversations with themselves,” says Craddock.

Craddock says there are exercises in her book that can help you explore your motives and find some courage.

”Actually, a lot of success is courage,” she says. “So you can have the greatest idea about what you’d like to do, but if you can’t summon the courage to take some meaningful risks on your own behalf, it’s one of the world’s best kept secrets.”

Tip number four: Switch off the power, both electronically and personally.

“It’s very important for people to learn how, even internally, to unplug from the constant task-oriented demands going off around us, [like] ‘Call me, call me, call me,’” says Craddock.

Tip number five: Take five. Try to build relationships with five new people who can benefit your career.

“It can be people that you don’t even know,” says Craddock. “It can be people that you think can change your career, and you’re going to have to look through your own contacts with that two-degree or three-degree of separation idea in mind to figure out how you might get to know them.”

The book is “The Authentic Career.” The career is yours. For more information visit Maggie Craddock’s website at www.workplacerelationships.com.

“It’s only when the stress kicks in that your dignity and your character really count,” she says.