Tuesday, 21 February 2012

From Promotion to Expectation and Success

Did you get the promotion you expected?

This can be a tricky time of year in Banking if you didn't get what you wanted.  What we often forget is: when you do get what you want what do you do now?

Promotion is a great boost.  You know all your work paid off and you are getting recognition for it.  You acted the promotion for many of the months before you got the job so what now?

Well the reality is senior management often expect more of you after a promotion.  They want to see you step up even more.  They want to hear more of your successes, hear you more in meetings.

What is your promotion 100 day plan?  What is your vision for those next few months.  What do you want people to notice that is different about you?

Take some time to celebrate then take some time to concentrate on your strategy.

Here are some things you could do
1. create your vision statement
2. ask different teams what their processes are then present your findings to your senior management - with possible recommendations
3. show how you deal with conflict by keeping calm and focused in heated debates
4. offer to do presentations on a project you are working on to various senior people
5. increase your networking.
6. build on your subject knowledge
7. build on your people knowledge - the best way to influence people is to know what excites and interests them
8. listen more to your team - they may not be your peers but they are still a font of knowledge and ideas.

These are just a few ideas.  I'm sure you can think of more.

What do you need to do to show them they were right to promote you?  Give them reason to feel proud!

Pancake day resolutions

Did you have your pancakes last night? That wonderful nostalgic practise we do each year.

In the Christian tradition you eat up all the butter, eggs, sugar and milk and get ready to fast.  People today even if they are not Christian use Lent to give up things - drink, chocolate or crisps.  Or to start things eg jogging or being more pleasant to people or do a good deed a week for the community.

Often the reason our January resolutions fail is we try to achieve a goal too quickly.  What small thing could you start doing every day from today that would help you reach your goal?

  • If you want to get a promotion - work on a strategic idea a day and go to a senior manager with them once a week. 
  • If you want to get noticed - plan 3 ideas for every meeting and make sure you say one. 
  • If you want to improve your delivery - decide to banish um's and err's from your speech. 
  • If you want to improve your outlook - decide to smile more
  • If you want to be happier in your work - create an intention for the day eg to listen more to everyone - then keep resetting it until it becomes a good habit.  
  • If you want to lose weight - give up carbohydrates after 6pm or exercise more. 

Notice these are all simple - are they too simple? How much do you want to change.  Often if you start with the small things, big things change. Try it and see if it works for you. What have you got to lose? What could you gain?

One way to build momentum, self esteem and belief is to get quick results.  What can you do tomorrow that will get you the quickest and biggest result?

We all have a weakest skill.  You know what yours is..


  1. Think of a where you can realistically get to in 40 - 50 days. 
  2. Identify the small steps to take to get there 
  3. Then take those steps.  

If it's scarey, find someone to support you.

All we generally want from setting these goals is results.  We can only get results if we know where we start, know where we want to end up and know what success looks like along the way!

I wish you every success and achievement with your goals!

I plan to write a relaxation tape to help support people in stressful jobs.  Watch this space.