I need your advice on a situation that I am facing at work. I am currently in a role that I have been told is important for the organization. I dont believe its the best use of my skills but like a good corporate soldier I am willing to do it. I believe I am very effective in this job and the results speak for themselves. I also have a number of directs who are happy with me. I have a very good relationship with my boss and he has been responsible for my growth monetarily and organizationally. He does not follow any good managerial feedback or review processes. I have overlooked all that because he has generally taken good care of me.

I have been talking to him for about a year now about a promotion. He has been telling me that I am 'ready' for the next level and that its going to happen. Well when it was time for it to 'happen', nothing happened. I talked to him about it and he pulled a mea culpa. He told me, in not as many words, that he dropped the ball and did not follow up on it the way he should have. I believe that because I know him to be very disorganized and this would not be the first time he let something fall through the cracks.
I feel extremely let down and would like to give up my current role and take up one where I know I can really make a huge impact (for my own career). This new role would still report to him but it would involve me working in an area that I prefer rather than doing something that the organization wants off me. I would have to give up all my directs and move into the role of an individual contributor. While my decision may create some short term problems for the organization, I feel that it will greatly enhance my own skills and marketability.

Do you think I would be committing career suicide by taking this step? How would you proceed if you were in my situation?

Thank you.

learningmgr's picture

I addressed the post to Mark but I could benefit from the experience of other MTers as well. Your perspectives will be most appreciated.


WillDuke's picture
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How much do you trust your boss? Can you have this conversation with him?

From your boss's point of view, what's in it for him and/or the organization to move you? You'll need to sell the idea.

If it's just for you, forget about it. Too many burning bridges.

jhack's picture

Is your role so important that they won't let you leave?

Put another way: Have you groomed one of your directs to take your place?

Perhaps the real reason they won't promote you is that there is no one to replace you.


Mark's picture
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No, it's not career suicide. It's a good way to think about things more broadly than up or out.

Talk to your boss. Prepare first.

If you like, email me your prep/pitch, and I'll give you some guidance.