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How To Get A Promotion

Posted: 02/27/2012 8:25 am

My values are way too hippy to take the direct route to promotion. I can't stab people in the back, sleep with the boss or brown nose my way to career elevation. It wouldn't sit right and at some point, arse holes get found out; for which we should all be grateful.

I believe the way to get spotted is to shine more brightly and to stand out from the crowd by being more you. We all have what we need to be amazing in business, but so often we hide it away as we believe it's safer to do so. Head above the parapet may get blown off.

Bono, the lead singer of U2, is one of the world's best known advocates of human rights. When he goes into any organization as part of his well-publicized mission to eradicate Third World debt, the first question he asks is: 'Who's Elvis around here?'

It's a fabulous question.

The Elvis Bono is looking for is the person who stands out, breaks the rules, makes things happen, shines more brightly, and probably loves every minute of it.

I believe everyone can be a bit more Elvis. Everyone has the ability to stand out, and standing out is the secret to getting your next promotion

So dust down you dancing shoes and try these top tips to get your career rocking!

Chris Barez-Brown is the author of "Shine: How To Survive And Thrive At Work" [Penguin, $9.99].

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Too many leaders are crap at feedback and it's a travesty. Without feedback we can't learn and grow, therefore cultures that don't embrace it are slowly strangling their people.


By asking for feedback, you are overtly stating that you want to get better and constantly improve what you do. Folks like that. What's not to like about someone keen to be more shiny?


Its important when you do so, to split out the data from the interpretation and reaction. I am often told what a great job I did. That's useless to me. I need to know precisely what I did that made them think it was a good job, then I can do it again or even better.
When you get feedback, use it fast. Then they will know you are a learning machine and unstoppable in your rise to the top.
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