Be a squeakier wheel (to your manager)

The dirty secret about management (and life) is that you’re more likely to get stuff if you ask for it. That applies to:

  • Promotions
  • Raises and bonuses
  • High performance ratings
  • Leadership roles
  • Exciting projects
  • Speaking opportunities
  • Pretty much everything

Ironically, asking “Can we talk about how I can earn a promotion?” can be the very thing that earns you the promotion. I love when my direct reports tell me what they want. It makes things so much simpler.

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