10 Ways to Get Promoted at Work

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    The challenge of a shaky economy may be your best opportunity to demonstrate why you’re worth keeping around. Now, more than ever, business needs to turn a profit. What a great time to make it obvious why “you’re the man.”

    That said, a strategy is in order if you want to get the job done, so to speak. Getting ahead requires dedication, selflessness, creativity and patience – all the reasons you were hired on to begin with.

    Never lose sight of the fact that you were employed to benefit your job and move the company forward, not the other way around. But, you can do all that and look good too. Here are a few ideas as to how:

    1. Work hard: Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But it’s not. “Getting by” has become so widely accepted that mediocrity is almost the new normal. Stepping it up a notch is not only the right thing to do; it’ll get you noticed.
    2. Work smart: In golf the biggest hitters generally don’t win. Instead, it’s the guy who puts the ball in the fairway. First order of business at work – keep the ball in the fairway.
    3. Work better: Pay attention. Keep your eyes open. Learn from those around you. Shine.
    4. Work with integrity: Honesty is not an option. Owning your faults is never a mistake. A workplace ethic defined by integrity gives confidence to everyone you work with – and for.
    5. Work with imagination: Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb occasionally. Don’t bet the farm, or put your team at risk – but do color outside the lines once in a while. It’s one thing to show you can carry a lot of cheese – but something more to show you’re not restricted to the same, tedious, maze.
    6. Show up: It may be a cliché, but “being there is half the battle” turns out to be true. Organizations bank on people they can count on.
    7. Give credit to others: Never be afraid to point out the success of a colleague. When integrity is the watchword, it’s not about you, it’s about what’s right.
    8. Be a leader: Maybe you’re the best at what you do – but how do you make the others look? Remember Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls? MJ didn’t just soar, he also lead in assists. He made his teammates look like winners – and so they were.
    9. Give respect: The young people call this “giving props”; it means giving “proper respect.” The best way to earn the respect of the folk you will one day supervise is to give them respect now. The best workplace politics move horizontally, not vertically.
    10. Train the people around you to do your job: If you make yourself completely indispensible, it becomes too much of a risk to move you up.  You’ll always stay where you are.

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