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You’ve just been promoted.

You’re on a roll. 

You believe the momentum that got you here will carry you to higher-level positions and greater career success.


Your current success recognizes only two things. First, your achievements in the past roles you have held, and second, that you might have the potential to go further.

It doesn’t guarantee that you will have a long and lucrative career with the position of power that comes with leadership.

Many people crash and burn after they have been promoted; their career goes in a nosedive. They’ve reached their level of incompetence.

They fail to realize that their new position is merely the next chapter of their journey that requires new approaches to winning.

These 5 moves will at least give you a fighting chance for a rewarding and successful career after your promotion.

1. Evaluate Your New Position Carefully

Define the critical 3 deliverables it requires. Define the measures of performance for your role. Ensure they represent the key elements of the organization’s strategic game plan. 

Test your list with your boss and other senior leaders to ensure your conclusions are consistent with the views of the senior leadership team. 

Determine the key “customers” for your work. Interview each of them. Determine precisely what they expect from you and when they want it.

2. Assess Your Internal Competition

Develop a detailed profile on other individuals who are your new peers in the hierarchy who will be competing for future opportunities that come available in the next higher level. 

Identify their strengths and weakness and how they lead. Look for gaps that you can exploit.

3. Develop Your “These Are the Ways I Intend to Be Different” Strategy.

You need to stand apart from others and give the organization a fresh approach to getting things done. 

If you’re like everyone else you won’t be noticed and likely will be passed over for other promotions or lateral moves. 

Furthermore, you won’t offer the organization any unique value, the thing it needs to thrive and survive.

4. Find a Mentor One Level above You

You need a coach for moving up. Choose one who has a track record of achievement (not just theoretical expertise) in a more senior position than you have.

5. Ask Yourself “The Magic Question”

What will you do differently in your new role?

Build on what got you this far. 

Don’t assume that the methods that were previously effective for you in other positions will work in your new expanded role. 

Determine the skills and competencies that are critical to consistently delivering your results. 

Quickly acquire those where you are deficient; apply more energy and focus on those that you possess.

Your promotion isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning.

Make sure it ends with a successful career.


Written By
Roy Osing is a former President and CMO with over 33 years of leadership experience covering all the major business functions including business strategy, marketing, sales, customer service and people development. He is a blogger, content marketer, educator, coach, adviser and the author of the book series Be Different or Be Dead. You can also read more of Roy Osing's articles at his website.

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