If you’ve been at your company for a few years and hope to move up to the next level, here are three things you can do to increase your chances:
- Take initiative. Producing results in your job is just table stakes. Go beyond the confines of your current role and find ways to improve your group’s performance. Take on problems that no one else is solving.
- Choose your battles wisely. Display a sense of professional maturity by choosing battles that can be won. Not every inefficiency is worth tackling. Only take on problems that increase customer satisfaction, revenue, or productivity.
- Show you can manage people. This can be hard if it’s not one of your official responsibilities. If so, try to show your interpersonal and people management skills when working with groups.
Adapted from “Getting that First Promotion” by John Beeson.