Joe Kwon

I promised you I would show you how to overcome this obstacle. Let’s look at this from the perspective of an applicant first, then as management.

When applying for a promotion, the key is for your potential to be seen as clearly as possible, without any distortions. The way to do this is to be seen as part of the team by management.

This doesn’t mean ingratiating yourself or false flattery, though many will take this approach. You need only ensure management feels you are as much a part of the team as your competition. That’s it. What that entails will be different for each situation, but will always be rooted in one thing — connection.

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment…

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So what does work? Well, if the problem is you are not truly seen as part of the team by upper management, the solution is to change their perception.

Until they feel differently about you, performing better will be as effective as bringing better evidence to the friend who is determined to get back together with their nightmare of an ex — totally ineffective.

What will make a difference is when the friend truly believe you are on their side. What will make a difference is when the operator begins to see you as a confederate instead of a tourist. There are two definitions of “confederate” and both are good reminders: 1: united in a league; 2: ally.

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment…

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Joe Kwon

Joe Kwon

Keynote speaker on Leadership and Executive Presence, with a heart for promoting diversity