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Getting Ready To Get Promoted - Chapter 7 - Know Why

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What are good reasons to get promoted?
  • What should I be thinking about before I go for a promotion?
  • What are the rewards of promotion?

Our guidance getting promoted – knowing why before you start.

We're already up to chapter 7 of our series on how to get promoted. At the beginning, we told you that this was going to be an 18 month campaign. It's a lot of work. Knowing why you're doing it is important in the moments when you've taken a step backward, or your plan doesn't seem to be working.

Somewhere along this journey, someone is going to ask you why you want the promotion. Understanding your motivation, and having a good public answer for that question is a necessity.


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Resumes – The Headline, Not The Story

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Why do you recommend a 1 page resume?
  • How do I fit all the detail about my career on a 1 page resume?
  • What is a resume for?

Our guidance on the way to think about your resume: as the headlines, not the story.

We get a lot of questions about why we recommend a one page resume. Many people tell us that they can’t possibly include all the detail they want to on one page – especially if they’ve had a long career or lots of jobs. You’re right. You can’t. And that’s the point.


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Maternity Leave

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I notify my boss that I'm pregnant?
  • What plans should I make for my absence due to maternity?
  • How do I tell my team I'm pregnant?

Our guidance on dealing with work when you're expecting.

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. Working out when and how to tell your employer and how to balance a young child with work can be very difficult. Here's our guidance.


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The Suspense File

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How can I keep track of deadlines?
  • How can I avoid being overwhelmed by all my tasks and responsibilities?
  • How can I improve my focus on near-term tasks but not forget future obligations?

Create a digital or actual suspense file to keep track of future obligations and deliverables.

One of the reasons so many of us work on what is urgent or right before us is we don't have a highly reliable way of keeping track of responsibilities that we must accomplish or review or revisit at some point in the not-near future. The solution to this is the old-fashioned suspense file.


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Getting Ready To Be Promoted: The 150% Rule

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What can I do to enhance my chances of promotion?
  • How do I gain allies in my organization?
  • How do I get ready for a promotion?

Our guidance on how to approach your responsibilities when you want to be promoted.

Manager Tools sets a tough standard for promotion. You have to be able to do all of your job to the top performance standard AND 50% of your boss's job. Not all companies will be this tough on you, but if you set your goal there, you'll be far ahead of the competition.


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Coaching Yourself - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I improve my skills?
  • My company doesn't provide training, how can I learn?
  • How do I get better at dealing with people?

Part 2 of our guidance on how to coach yourself.

Many people tell us that their boss doesn't coach, or their company doesn't provide training or a mentoring program and they don't know how they can improve their skills. So in this guidance, we're going to tell you can use our coaching model to help yourself.


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Coaching Yourself - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I improve my skills?
  • My company doesn't provide training, how can I learn?
  • How do I get better at dealing with people?

Our guidance on how to coach yourself.

Many people tell us that their boss doesn't coach, or their company doesn't provide training or a mentoring program and they don't know how they can improve their skills. So in this guidance, we're going to tell you can use our coaching model to help yourself.


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Working Out

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I fit working out into my working day?
  • Can I workout at lunch?
  • When do I eat if I go to the gym at lunch?

Our guidance on getting your workout during your work day.

We want to encourage you to work out, for your health, for your family and for all the benefits it can bring to your working life. On the other hand, it’s one of those subjects that people can take past appropriate, and make more their workout more important than their work.


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How To Ask For A Raise: Making The Ask

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I find out how much I should be paid?
  • How do I prove I should get a pay raise?
  • How do I get more money?

Our guidance on how to ask for a raise.

In our previous guidance, we recommended you only ask for a raise if you’ve recently had a big success. Now you have had a big win and researched comparable pay, and done all your calculations to get a number, it’s time to make the ask.


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Getting Ready To Get Promoted - Chapter 5 - Delegation

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when my manager tries to delegate to me?
  • Should I always say yes to more work?
  • What do I do when I have too much work?

Our guidance on what to do when your boss tries to delegate to you.

One of the things you need to get promoted is more experience – if you had all the skills you needed, you'd already have the job. One way to get that experience is to do some of your boss's job. This guidance tells you how.


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