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News posts from: February, 2016

Five qualities that help people get promoted

What is it that the industry seniors I speak to are looking for, or are united in their appreciation of? I’m trying to avoid the really obvious qualities here, and have focused instead on some of the (to me) more interesting examples I have heard reiterated in thousands of interviews. Incidentally, the stories that were offered as evidence for these examples were often very rewarding to listen to and gave me great faith in our leaders and our industry!

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What's love got to do with it?

I don’t like seeing good people overlooked in the workplace, and it’s doubly frustrating when people are overlooked because they’re romantically connected with a colleague.

In my experience, the above usually happens when a candidate for a role is romantically linked with somebody more senior; they are overlooked for promotion despite clearly possessing the credentials to do the job. It’s a shame, and it’s a waste. It usually happens for fear that a promotion will be misconstrued as favouritism – the relationship conferring unfair advantage on a candidate.

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