Have you brushed up on the politics of career advancement lately?
Lorenzo G. Flores, a Fresno, Calif. consultant and speaker on the dynamics of career advancement, argues that few people thoroughly understand that career advancement is an artful discipline that most must learn on their own.
“Promotion politics has become incredibly challenging, fluid and perplexing – and you don’t learn about it at school,” says Flores, author of “Executive Career Advancement: How to Understand the Politics of Promotion.” (AuthorHouse, 2009)
Career advancement reflects what Flores describes as two cardinal rules. The first is that there is no substitute for hard work and pro-active political thinking and action. The second is don’t trust anyone who says that politics never played a role in his or her promotion.
The reality is that the workplace is often filled with competitive egos and minefields. Companies may strive for fairness, but it doesn’t always pan out for everyone.
Flores said the foundation of career advancement is based on:
• Working hard: To move ahead in a positive way, you must respect the hard work ethic. Build on this value in order to create a higher level of understanding.
• Guarding appearance: Your appearance and style of work does matter. Hard work combined with a quick wit, penetrating insights and a polished personal style can boost your professional image.
• Developing strong connections. The more connections you have, the more options and protection you have in the workplace.
• Identifying the X Factor: The X Factor can be anything that appeals to the boss from A to Z – appearance to zeal for one’s work. People who remind the boss of him or herself have greater chances for advancement as there is a direct correlation between likeability and how often one is promoted.
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