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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tips for Moving Up

If you are wondering why you haven't been promoted or are proactively seeking a bigger leadership role, The Leadership Pipeline provides some common transition traps to anticipate and mitigate. Here are a few to get you started:

Manager of Managers
  • Don't exhibit uncertainty or delay decisions. Learn to make choices that are directionally correct.
  • Expand alliances outside comfort zone. Rely less on previous team members and friends. 
  • Seek differing opinions and views. Value diversity.
  • Hold direct reports accountable for leading and developing others. Inspire and feedback.
  • Embrace new ideas. Explore new ways to achieve results.
Functional Leader
  • Align function with enterprise. Move beyond tactical focus.
  • Don't rely too much on expertise.  Develop broader knowledge and experience to drive innovation. 
  • Build positive climate within the team. Focus on employee engagement.
  • Trust others to do the work. Coach and mentor.
  • Don't allow a few trusted colleagues to influence views and decisions. Expand your network and promote your "wins".
  • Develop strong cross-functional working relationships. Invest time here.
Business Leader
  • Balance and align regional/business leadership with enterprise. Focus on longer-term strategy.
  • Understand all aspects of the business. Focus on how growth and profit will be achieved.
  • Trust others. Make your thinking transparent and encourage others to do the same.
  • Invest in people. Accurately assess and manage talent.

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