CM135 "How Did YOU Get Promoted?" - CounterMentors

CM135: “How Did YOU Get Promoted?”

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Were you recently promoted? Would you say it’s going well? Or, like many new leaders, have you learned that you were ill-prepared for a management role? That you have neither the experience or adequate training to function as an effective leader?

Too often, new managers find themselves scrambling to lead in the same department where they were once dominant as a doer. That’s because the way companies promote people to positions of leadership usually has little to do with the skills that will make them successful as leaders. Yeah, we said it. They’re doing it wrong. People get promoted for their past performance – the ability to get things done – but as leaders they are now required to lead a team of people.

Which are two completely different skill sets.

In this episode of the Counter Mentors podcast, Kelly and Robby take a close look at the flawed reasoning that gets most people promoted to management and suggest some changes companies might want to consider the next time they look for someone to fill a management slot.

While competence is absolute necessary for credibility as a leader, it’s just the baseline. It’s the price of entry. Table stakes. The important question is what does it really take to be successful as a manager? If you want to be one, you need to know. If you want to promote the right people, you really need to know.

Show Notes:

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.”
Andrew Carnegie

  1. Who to Promote: 10 Keys to Identifying People with High Potential” (Forbes)
  2. How the Wrong People Get Promoted and How to Change It” (Fast Company)
  3. The Wrong Employee Got Promoted” (Inc.)