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    Picklyk
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    question for all you managers out there:
    i’m a 31 year old BB eagerly trying to make my way up the corporate ladder.  unfortunately, the pace at which i’m going is not to what i’d like.  i’m beginning to question the reasons for which people get promoted and maybe i just don’t see the things that turn people on.
    so the obvious question i have for you guys in charge is, ‘what is the number one thing you look for in employees when looking to promote someone?’
    thanks!
    jay
     

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    #89128

    Grumpy
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    1. Learn the “lingo” for your businesses. High level management loves lingo.
    2. Focus on money, and not anything else. Money is king. Know that lingo too (MBA’s teach you #1 & #2).
    3. Act irrational. You’ll fit right in. The best combination is to laugh very loudly while maintaining a distinct air of concern over the quarterly budget. It also helps to learn to swear at the right times.
    4. Delay making decisions as long as possible. No decision is better than a bad decision. When finally making a decision, have someone else do it so they can take the blame.
    5. Act as macho and manly as possible. Any hint of femininity, and you’re doomed. Glass ceilings do exist (not that it is right – just the other day I noticed that the men’s restroom near the executive portion of my building has twice as many urinals as any other men’s restroom, hmmmm).
    6. Stay away from your office. You’ll look buzy. It also prevents you from having to make decisions (see #4).
    7. Learn Demings 14 points . . . and then do the exact opposite of most of them. Make sure you forget them eventually too, otherwise you might know too much to fit in.
    8. Last, but most important of all: Learn to play golf. It is more important than the MBA.

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    #89129

    B Matt
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    Ability to make the right things happen!

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    #89133

    John H.
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    B. Matt
    Excellent Comment. It is short, precise and right on target.
    John H.
     

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    #89136

    RNR
    Member

    Have balls. 
    Learn how to speak well and think clearly. 
    Learn how to be effective before worrying about looking effective.  (feel free to substitute any word that you would like for “effective”)

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    #89139

    Bee
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    No. 1 is to get things done – the kind of things that need doing. (of course the tricky part is to be able to identify which are those things…….)
    If you are seen to be a guy who can deliver, come what may, even God (as in ‘He’, or as in ‘The Man who Runs Everything’ at your workplace) may have difficulty in forestalling your growth.
    Bee

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    #89146

    RNR
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    No?
    “Be seen as somebody who gets things done…” um…. ok….  You wouldn’t make it very far in an interview with me with that mindset….
    This is fine if you aspire to middle management.  This also works in companies with an immature talent evaluation process.
    I recommend Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Successful People…
    Good luck seeking a promotion.  It is  always a terrible shame foar a talented person not to be challenged. 
        

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    #89147

    RNR
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    jay –
    I posted too fast –
    Feel free to post a contact, I will be happy to talk through any ?s you have.  Again, good luck. 
    Thx,
    RNR

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