Unfortunately, I had a pretty traumatic childhood. My parents were always fighting, and I was faced with trying to decide what to do about my own personal feelings. When I got older, I knew that I needed to do something to relieve the stress that I was feeling even many years later, so I started focusing on going to counseling. My first few appointments were a little nerve-racking, but the counselor worked hard to make me feel comfortable. I was really impressed with how gentle and kind she was, and I felt really great about the progress I was making. This blog is all about benefiting from counseling.
In the world of business, you have a clear-cut hierarchy. Entry-level workers are at the base of any major business. They are also the largest group, formulating the metaphoric base of a pyramid. Above that are the entry level managers, followed by executives, and finally the CEO. To get to the top of this pyramid, you are going to have to prepare for everything that comes with it. Here is how to get there.
Have a Top-Notch Business Education
Sure, you can climb from entry level positions, but it will take you most of your career to get close. Instead, start with a top-notch business education. Have the degrees to back up your desires. Have the honors and grades built into those degrees to show that you are prime executive material. That way, no matter what position you take in a company, you are always ready to jump ahead.
Hire an Executive Coach
An executive coach is someone who helps budding executives find their strengths and talents. Your coach can also help you discover why you were passed over for the last promotion. You cannot view these situations objectively like an executive coach can. He or she will examine your work history, education, experience, and the company's criteria for the job to see what is missing. Then your coach will advise you on what you need to do next to get a promotion next time.
Pay Attention to Who Is Selected for a Promotion and Why
If you are assigned new employees to train, and then those employees leapfrog over you into higher positions, pay attention to their files and their qualifications. Common threads will show you why your bosses are picking the new employees over you. If it is something you can do to change your own qualifications, do it. If not, see if there is something that presents a bias against you, and address it with your bosses.
Confrontation Is Necessary
In the world of business, aggression is necessary. If you cannot show that you are an aggressive business person, then this may be why you are stuck in your current position. Your bosses may not view you as someone who is aggressive enough to succeed. Just make sure you know the right way to be aggressive with your bosses and not the many wrong ways. Your executive coach can help you with that, and even help you practice being appropriately aggressive in the workplace.