Let me know if you have any questions.
Let me know if you need anything further.
Happy to jump on a call to discuss.
Is there anyone else from your team you’d like me to connect with?
I’m not sure but I’ll find out.
I’ll look into it and follow up.
Let’s not play the blame game.
Happy to take the lead on this.
Here are my action items.
I’ll follow up in XX days with an update.
Use “We” instead of “I”.
What do these 12 phrases have in common?
They all demonstrate someone who values teamwork and accountability and who is consistently taking the initiative because you don’t get promotions for only doing your job description. You need to take the extra steps to make your manager, peers, and manager’s peers feel confident in knowing that you always follow through with assigned tasks and bring to the table fresh ideas because you are passionate about the company’s success.
Why do I need to impress my peers and my manager’s peers?
What they don’t tell you is that in small and large companies promotions are a collective decision which means your manager does not make the decision alone. It is their responsibility to create a business case on why you should be promoted but the other leaders at their level also need to vouch for you and agree with the recommendation. This is because companies work with a limited budget and can’t promote everyone. In other words, it’s not enough for your manager to be on board, the rest of the leadership team needs to be on board as well to the point of choosing to move ahead with you versus another manager’s candidate.
What does all of this have to do with the 12 phrases?
These phrases stand out because they are go-getter jargon. Your manager and coworkers are going to recall and evaluate you based on your frequent use of these phrases and all the times that you followed through on these phrases. (Talk + Action). Likability also plays a factor because people want to work with who they like but I don’t believe one should ever change their core values just to fit in. For example, if you don’t drink, don’t feel obligated to go to happy hour every week with the guys. Even, if you can’t join them on the golf course they will still remember and like the fact that when you’re at the office, you are a team player that follows through and gets results.
Promotions aren’t just about more money, recognition, PTO, or self-appraisal. It’s about showing up to work each day, bringing even more to the table than your peers, and continuing to deliver on a higher, more collaborative level. I emphasize ‘collaborative’ because the more you climb the corporate ladder, the more you will be expected to contribute to the long-term strategy, goals, and vision of the company and less on the day-to-day operations. Thus, it’s no coincidence that a manager looks to promote someone who is trustworthy, reliable, dependable, a strategist, a visionary, resourceful, tenacious, and accountable. Managers need people who are able to lessen the burden on their shoulders because that is why they were given a budget to hire you – to help them- and when goals aren’t met the accountability ultimately falls on your manager. Therefore, a promotion is ultimately code for, “Your skill set and work ethics compliment my work style, enhances the team’s strengths, and adds to the company’s value. Congrats! Here is even more work and responsibility!”
Are you ready?
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