People who want to advance their careers need feedback. And many companies comply with things like annual performance reviews and 360-degree feedback. But these are only marginally helpful for managers seeking promotion, because the frame of reference revolves around the current job.
If you want to progress into the next phase of your career, you need answers to three questions that focus on upward mobility.
- What factors govern who does – and who doesn’t – advance to senior positions?
- How am I viewed in terms of those promotional criteria?
- What skills do I still need to demonstrate to move ahead?
These are tough questions to ask and not everyone will be responsive, so schedule career discussions with mentors and others who know your work. Be sure to convey a sincere desire to learn and avoid any hint of defensiveness that may shut down a leader’s honest feedback.
Adapted from “Three Questions to Advance Your Career” by John Beeson.