You are young, bright, energetic, eager, and ambitious.  You have your sights set on promotion, but every time you broach the subject with your boss, you get nowhere.  Sound familiar?

The trouble is, your boss is probably snowed under.  They are juggling lots of tasks, projects and deadlines. Your request is just one of many things that are preoccupying them right now.  You need to rethink your strategy.  You need to appear on their radar in a different way.

Read on because what I am about to tell you could transform your career.

Get strategic.

Your bosses don’t want your word for it that you’re ready for promotion.  What your bosses want is evidence.  Get involved in projects that give you golden opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills.  Get results and show your boss that you are management material.  If there is no work project available, then do some fund raising or arrange a social event.  Keep a portfolio of evidence that show how you have:

  • Influenced people to take direction from you willingly.
  • Increased customer engagement. Did the fund raising attract positive attention in social media that made your customers take notice?
  • Created revenue or a cost saving for the organisation.
  • Increased team motivation. Perhaps the regular social activity you organised has increased cohesion in the team?

Have an impact.

Work out the kind of leader you want to be.  Think of yourself as a brand, with brand values.  What would your brand say about you?  How do you live out these values in the way that you behave in the office, the way you dress, time keeping, the way you treat your peers.  What do you want people to be saying about you when you leave the room?  Live your values, because trust me, if your boss is quietly considering you for promotion in the future, he or she will be watching you.

Develop rapport with your boss.

If your boss is going to promote you, then it is important to gain their trust and respect.  For this to happen, developing a good working relationship is key.  You could try doing some of the following:

  • Selling the benefits of giving you more responsibility. If your boss is laden down with work, can they delegate some tasks to you?  Keep a balance here, you don’t want them to think you are trying to take their job!
  • Being willing to go the extra mile with nothing expected in return.
  • Be unfailingly reliable at everything you take on, so don’t ask your boss to delegate a task that is beyond your limitations.
  • Be a strong advocate for your department and team and maintain a positive manner at all times.
  • If you have a problem that you need to consult your boss about, think through some solutions first and present those ideas. Your boss will appreciate that.

Get networking.

Developing your network is key.  You need to be creating a buzz around you with as many people as possible.  A mentor is a great way to learn about how they achieved success, and more often than not people are flattered to be asked to share that knowledge.  Find yourself someone of influence who can be your sponsor.  Having someone advocate on your behalf can be a powerful tool, especially if they spend more time with key decision makers.

Focus on self-development

Set aside some time each day to develop your knowledge around management. Conduct your own monthly performance review and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What have I done well this month?
  • What could I do to improve?
  • What are my targets for the coming month?

Document in a journal ready for appraisal time, so that you have a portfolio of evidence of your achievements through the year.


The P word…..yes, patience.  The opportunities you hope for may not come up as quickly as you might like, but if you use your time wisely and implement some of the ideas offered here, you could already be putting yourself on the map.

You can increase your management potential by joining me on 21 March 2017 at Jurys Inn, Central Milton Keynes for a one-day management skills masterclass.  Learn how to:

  • Understand what motivates people,
  • Handle conflict effectively
  • Manage difficult conversations with ease
  • Discover your natural management brand
  • Develop impact and presence, to get you noticed

Early bird tickets are currently available at a favourable rate.  To register your interest, click on ‘Let’s Talk’.  Places are limited, so contact us now to avoid disappointment.