Watching someone else get a promotion you’ve been slaving away for is a huge slap to the face.
It might not be something you want to hear right now, but the truth is that getting ahead in any field is less about working hard than it is about working smart.
Pause and re-strategise: take a good, hard look at yourself and zero in on all the aspects of your work or image that need improvement.
Just because you’ve been working extra hard doesn’t mean you’ll get noticed for that particular role that you’re aiming for.
If the right people don’t know what you’ve been working on or how you’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty, it makes little difference. In the worst case scenario, your extra hard work might even be misinterpreted as a lack of efficiency or productivity.
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It’s not enough to keep your head down and focus on your immediate work.
You need to show that you’re capable of macro-thinking and mental agility, including being able to determine strategic priorities in the short-term and long-term, and how to future-proof your company.
The higher up the corporate ladder you want to climb, the higher the expectations will be for you to be able to lead a team effectively.
This goes beyond simply knowing how to assign responsibilities and delegate tasks. To be an effective leader, you need to be able to actively support your team’s growth, meaning:
You might have been able to get by at 70-80% capacity when you were a new hire, but when you’re aiming for a promotion, 110% is the bare minimum.
If you can’t prove that you’re the best of the best at what you were hired to do, it’s difficult to even get noticed by the higher-ups, much less considered for a promotion.
Once you’ve gotten to 110%, you need to augment the breadth of your skill set.
It might take more time to pick up entirely new skills compared to working on skills you’ve already got, but again, the key is to be strategic about it.
Reaching optimal productivity levels for yourself necessitates working harder than you already are, but it doesn’t mean you need to start bumping up your overtime.
A lot of the time, the output difference between two equally talented and hardworking employees comes down to the ability to concentrate. Producing high quality work at high speed requires absolute concentration.
If you can cultivate this ability to perfection, you’ll blow your peers straight out of the water with the sheer calibre of your output.