What do they mean by “You aren’t ready for that job yet”? It can be hard to figure out what’s meant by a statement like that one. You’ve been doing your best and working hard so you feel ready to tackle something bigger and better. So why aren’t you getting that opportunity?
There could be several different things going that are beyond the scenes. To learn more about what they are click here for a short video explanation.
If you feel you are ready to move up in your organization yet you are running into resistance or rejection take it as an opportunity to learn more about your career path options.
- Have a conversation with your boss or a mentor about what you need to do to move up
- Ask how you can prepare yourself for the next position by gaining experience or learning new skills
- Be open to feedback about your strengths and areas for improvement (we all have both)
- Create a plan to improve your skill set and gain experiences
- Let people know you want to move up and are willing to prepare for that next role
You don’t have to get stuck where you are right now. However, you have to take the initiative to find out what might be holding you back and then to act on what you learn. Bosses like people who are willing to be assertive, make an effort to improve and are open to feedback.
It’s your career, take control of it. Decide where you want to go and what you need to do to get there. Get help from a mentor or coach to help you navigate the murky waters of career advancement.
Whether or not we want to admit it there are politics in every office. This has become such a negative term in the US, at least, that most people want to avoid the topic. However, politics is a part of the process of working together. We’ve come to regard it as an ugly game that is played.
When you look up the definition of politics you find that one is “competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)” per Webster’s dictionary. It’s true that politics is often a competition between individuals for power and leadership. Does that make it a bad thing? Not really. It’s a fact of life and work.
So how do you become adept at office politics? First succeeding in office politics means avoiding the following things:
- Stealing credit
- Playing the blame game
- Sucking up to those in power
- Demeaning others
These things are all negative actions and are quite hostile to those you work with on a daily basis. When you engage in these activities you are showing others that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead and that others don’t matter to you nearly as much as your career means.
It is possible to do well in office politics without selling your soul. To do so focus on these things:
- Act with integrity
- Support the organizations goals
- Treat others well
- Build relationships throughout the organization
- Bring solutions not just problems
- Take responsibility and follow-through on commitments
- Be willing to do new things that challenge you to grow
These are all behaviors that demonstrate your leadership abilities and they will help others see you as a leader. How you define your career success is up to you. If you want to move up in your organization you will need to show others that you have the ability to do what is needed to support the organization. This means playing the office politics game, however it can be a clean and rewarding game.
To become a successful office politician means that you are capable of interacting with people outside your direct group to get things done. This is really about building relationships and collaborating with others in a way that people will respect. Focus on building relationships and building trust and you will succeed without succumbing to the ugly side of office politics.
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