Your colleague got the promotion instead of you!

October 29, 2015 Posted by Leadership 0 thoughts on “Your colleague got the promotion instead of you!”

Have you ever had this experience?

You’ve worked so hard and you know you can do the job.

People see you as the next leader, and in fact, you’re already doing most of the job. What happens next shocks you…your colleague gets the promotion!

How did this happen?

How are you going to react to this situation?

Your first thought might be to quit…if you’re not going to be appreciated…why continue?

How often do these leadership roles come up anyway?

Maybe you’ll be appreciated somewhere else.

After some thought though…you really want to know what happened?

You like the company and don’t want to leave.

You have invested a lot of time and energy in this company and perhaps you do have great a future here.

Are you ready to take a big step…and ask the tough questions?

Or more importantly…are you really ready to hear the answers?

This can be a turning point in your life. Asking for honest feedback, the kind that you take to heart can be hard.

On the other hand, waiting and guessing can be harder. This is your career after all…you need to know what held you back from this particular promotion.

When asking questions about why you did not get this promotion, it is important to remember that this is feedback for you.

It’s not the time to compare you to the individual who got the role.

This is also not the time to be defensive…the decision has been made.

You can’t change it now, but you can take the feedback and decide whether or not you can do what it takes to get the next promotion.

Don’t forget, feedback is a gift!

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