# Seven Ways to Increase Y... ![rw-book-cover](https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1592990461517389824/iln8hi1f.jpg) ## Metadata - Author: [[@lennysan on Twitter]] - Full Title: Seven Ways to Increase Y... - Category: #tweets - URL: https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555398940352516 ## Highlights - Seven ways to increase your odds of getting promoted: 1. Deliver more impact 2. Take on more scope 3. Demonstrate that you’ve addressed a gap 4. Find an influential champion 5. Pay attention to who gets promoted 6. Ask for it 7. Quit and go work somewhere else Read on 👇 ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555398940352516)) - Getting a promotion is like eating a huge burrito: it’s a lot of work, it’s unclear how it works on the inside, it feels great for a bit, but then you wonder why you did this to yourself. Knowing all that, we all still want it. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555400207106051)) - The most important ingredient to getting promoted is simply doing great work, over and over. But the process does often need a nudge, particularly if you're stuck. I’ve found 7 strategies for significantly increasing your chances of getting a promotion: ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555401301794817)) - 1/ Deliver more impact Companies desperately want to give more responsibility to people who deliver results. If you aren’t getting promoted, it usually means you aren’t seen as someone who can consistently deliver significant impact. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555402375536640)) - A few ways you can deliver more impact: ▫️ Contribute to hitting more ambitious goals that directly map to business growth ▫️ Lead and successfully launch an important project ▫️ Work on higher-visibility, more important, projects ▫️ Save the company a lot of money ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555403575103489)) - If you consistently find a way to drive significant impact for the business, you’ll be prime promotion material. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555404644605954)) - 2/ Take on more scope At many companies, you get promoted only after you’ve demonstrated you can handle the next level. And there’s no better way to demonstrate that you can take on more responsibility than by taking on more responsibility. Like they say: do the job you want. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555405684793346)) - What’s something you can take on that increases your scope or responsibility? Some suggestions: ▫️ Take on work that your manager is currently doing ▫️ Take on a project for someone while they’re out ▫️ Lead ambitious projects ▫️ Get ahead on next year’s strategy ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555406750208005)) - 3/ Demonstrate that you’ve addressed a gap No matter your role or level, there’s a skill or behavior that is keeping you from the next level. Whether it’s your ability to execute reliably, communicate well, or lay out an inspiring five-year vision, it’s always something ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555407836545024)) - To get promoted, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve addressed that gap, in the eyes of both your manager and other influential leaders involved in the promotion process. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555409057013760)) - Here’s my advice: 1. In your very next 1:1, push your manager to articulate which 2-3 skills/behaviors/attributes are most keeping you from the next level. 2. Put together 3-10 concrete actions you (and your manager) can take over the next six months to improve at these ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555410172755971)) - 3. Align on this list with your manager and put them into an action plan spreadsheet (see below) 4. Schedule a monthly “career coaching” session where you and your manager review each action item and how they’re going 5. Keep doing this each month https://t.co/cFAuYhTj7I ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555411263279106)) - 4/ Find an influential champion The most underappreciated, and often the most powerful, ingredient in getting promoted is to have someone with influence fight for you in the calibration process. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555412487999488)) - But don’t let this become an excuse for why you aren’t being promoted. The best way to get a champion is to do a great job (e.g. deliver impact, address gaps, and the other items on this list). If you’re doing a great job, people will want to champion you. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555413591113730)) - Give them ammo to fight for you: ▫️ Hit goals ▫️ Keep your manager updated on how you’ve addressed gaps ▫️ Start a “wins” folder or document to keep track of your wins and impact ▫️ Lay out your case for why you believe you should be promoted ▫️ Treat your manager as a partner ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555414723579910)) - 5/ Pay attention to who gets promoted There’s a reason no two company career ladders are alike. Explicitly or implicitly, every company prioritizes different skills and behaviors. If you pay attention to who gets promoted, you can start to see what actually matters at your org. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555415914762241)) - For example, here’s how different PM skills are emphasized across a few dozen companies. ![](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FKhnMbxVgAY7FOm.jpg) ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555420239089665)) - Have a conversation with your manager about what you should be paying attention to beyond the career ladder. I’d also encourage you to chat with colleagues who recently got promoted and ask them what they did. Even your manager may not be aware of what other leaders look for. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555421824532484)) - 6/ Ask for it When was the last time you told your manager you’d love to get promoted? It may seem obvious to you, but they may not know how important this is to you. Bring it up at your next 1:1 and see what happens. Better yet, create the action plan we discussed in item 3. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555422952742915)) - 7/ Quit and go work somewhere else Finally, sometimes the best path to a promotion is to jump ship. I don’t like this path because it’s often defeatist and can put you in a position you aren’t truly ready for. But it’s sometimes necessary. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555424143970309)) - In many cases, it’s a matter of finding a better manager, or getting out of a rut at your current company. If you’re stuck at the same level for over two years, and nothing I’ve shared above seems to be helping, it’s probably time to explore a new gig. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555425293225984)) - Zooming out, of all the strategies I’ve shared above, the most important factor in getting promoted has always been simply doing good work. Consistently. If you do only that and nothing else, most of the time things will generally take care of themselves. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555426509570056)) - But if not, these strategies will help get you over the hump. For more, check out today's full post https://t.co/VJUKqTHzyq ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/lennysan/status/1488555427604299776))