How Do You Get That Next Promotion?

In many of my coaching conversations with clients, we touch on the topic of getting promoted.

The questions typically sound something like this: “What should I focus on to increase my chances to get promoted?”, or “I’m overdue for a promotion but it hasn’t happened yet. I wonder what I need to do to finally get it?”

The challenge is that getting a promotion is partially outside your personal power.

Regardless of how deserving you might be, many circumstances that are outside of your control will affect this decision. Think of organizational (re-)structuring, office politics, company-wide promotional guidelines, fit with the new position, economic outlook, interpersonal dynamics etc. to name a few…

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t take charge and sway the chances to your advantage.

So, I decided to put together a list of tips to become an invaluable asset to your organization, to stand out from your peers, and to be recognized for your contribution. 

Because that’s the part that you can influence and it’s ultimately what increases your chances of getting that promotion.

You can access the complete summary with 25 effective ways to get promoted HERE.

But I don’t want to miss the opportunity to at least share some of them with you right here, right now.

So, dive into these 5 ways to increase your chances of a promotion, and then get a copy of the full report to get even more ideas and inspirations...

…Because remember, we are all different and what’s right for one person might not be what’s best for the other.

1) Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Stretch your capabilities, take risks, and go beyond your comfort zone. Although you may fear taking risks because it might damage your career, it’s important to still do it.
Maintaining the status quo and just being average, allows others to pass you by regardless of talent or skill.

Try to be consistently aware of opportunities in which you can try new challenges. As a doer who stretches beyond your comfort zone, you will be noticed.

2) Track Your Accomplishments

As an employee, your accomplishments are the currency you use to calculate your value to the company. Not only does tracking your accomplishments create concrete examples of the value you provide, but the tracking process itself will give you confidence.

As you review all that you have accomplished and become aware of the progress you have made, you will become more comfortable telling others, in very specific terms, how you can provide value to the company.

3) Think Career, Not Just Job

We’re all so busy these days. But if you’re too busy to think about your career and take actions to advance it, you could end up stuck in your current position far longer than necessary.
It’s tempting to let the daily grind take over day after day, hoping that at some point you’ll have time to prepare for your next position or that it will naturally occur.

The only way to break the cycle is to decide that career advancement is important and then commit to giving yourself time to work on it on a regular basis.

4) Get Support From All Around

Support is a valuable commodity in any situation, but it’s a necessity when you navigate the corporate landscape. Without it, you risk being stuck in your current position indefinitely, overlooked for promotion and passed by others who are well connected and better supported.

Don’t make the mistake of limiting your search for support to those in positions above yours. Your peers and colleagues can be a rich source of feedback and assistance. Do you know someone on your level from whom you could request feedback?

You will probably get far different information from peers than from your boss and people at the highest level of the company.

5) Communicate With a Financial Framework

Communicating from a strong financial framework is a common characteristic of today’s executive leaders. Not only do today’s leading executives understand the financial goals and limitations of their companies, but they speak about most everything in terms of finances, including accomplishments, goals, and requests.

The higher you go in a company, the more you have bottom-line financial responsibilities. When speaking about professional or departmental projects and accomplishments, include financial facts, data, figures, percentages, and numbers.


Growth doesn’t happen overnight and professional success is vastly a result of hours, weeks, or even years invested in learning and development. It’s about staying committed, being persistent, going the extra mile. Use these tips and invest in yourself and in your career—you might just get that promotion you’ve been hoping for.

PS: Access the complete summary with 25 effective ways to get promoted HERE. And make sure to share this with any friends who are going for a promotion this year!


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