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Patricia Rivera, CTW Features
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:00 AM 2014
4 steps to secure a promotion
Lorenzo G. Flores, a Fresno, Calif. consultant and speaker on the dynamics of career advancement, argues that few people thoroughly understand that career advancement is an artful discipline that most must learn on their own.
“Promotion politics has become incredibly challenging, fluid and perplexing – and you don’t learn about it at school,” says Flores, author of “Executive Career Advancement: How to Understand the Politics of Promotion.” (AuthorHouse, 2009)
Career advancement reflects what Flores describes as two cardinal rules. The first is that there is no substitute for hard work and pro-active political thinking and action. The second is don’t trust anyone who says that politics never played a role in his or her promotion. The reality is that the workplace is often filled with competitive egos and minefields. Companies may strive for fairness, but it doesn’t always pan out for everyone.
Flores said the foundation of career advancement is based on:
• Working hard: To move ahead in a positive way, you must respect the hard work ethic. Build on this value in order to create a higher level of understanding.
• Guarding appearance: Your appearance and style of work does matter. Hard work combined with a quick wit, penetrating insights and a polished personal style can boost your professional image.
• Developing strong connections. The more connections you have, the more options and protection you have in the workplace.
• Identifying the X Factor: The X Factor can be anything that appeals to the boss from A to Z – appearance to zeal for one’s work. People who remind the boss of him or herself have greater chances for advancement as there is a direct correlation between likeability and how often one is promoted.
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Earn That Promotion
30 tips to help you move ahead in the workplace
The Challenge: Get Some ZZZ’s
Give your brain a rest and it’ll pay you back.
Why It’ll Work: People who napped for 90 minutes between learning sessions performed tasks better than those who didn’t, according to a 2010 study by researchers at the University of California. “Sleep is important for being able to assimilate complex information. You’ve got the building blocks for a great idea or solution to a problem that you’re working on, but the sleep may help consolidate all of these things together,” explains W. Christopher Winter, medical director at Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Virginia. Winter recommends designating 20 minutes at the same time every afternoon for a quick siesta. Find the couch in your break room and stretch out your legs—we promise we won’t tell anyone.
While You’re At It: Evaluate your boss—it’s just self-preservation. “You have to know the people you’re dealing with so that work relationships can be as friction free as possible,” says Lorenzo Flores, Ph.D., author of Executive Career Advancement. They may be intimidating, but they’re also human. Learning and respecting their professional judgment—and tolerating their flaws—will go a long way, says Flores.
The Challenge: Fire Up YouTube
Watching funny viral videos at work can enhance your creativity.
Why It’ll Work: Chuckling not only puts you in a good mood, but it also helps you solve problems. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario had participants watch funny videos (laughing babies, for example), then attempt challenging tasks, including word and picture puzzles. Happier participants subjects proved better at completing the tests, offering a good excuse for a YouTube break next time a work problem has you stumped.
While You’re At It: Teach people how to use you. Let them know what you’re capable of. Your talents and training are going to waste away if you don’t use them to help your co-workers, says Lorenzo Flores, Ph.D., author of Executive Career Advancement. Plus you get something out of it in return. “It will provide you with more information, contacts, and resources that can boost your career,” he explains.
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