“Joyce I’m glad that I received a promotion because I’m making more money, BUT…
- “I haven’t received any training for this new position and I’m way out of my league.”
- “I didn’t know that I was going to be responsible for so many direct reports.”
- “My boss didn’t tell me that I was going to travel weekly with this new position.”
I feel such stress pouring out of these new leaders. They are overwhelmed and don’t feel that they can do anything about this. Let’s face it, most of us will NOT turn down a chance for a promotion. First of all the company will not be impressed if we say, ‘NO” for what ever reason we give to them. Plus we could be even more frustrated if we turn down a promotion because that could be the stepping stone that we are looking for our own success.
Joyce’s Tips on Asking Questions Before Accepting a Promotion
- Don’t feel intimidated to ask questions about the promotion such as training, how many direct reports you will be responsible for at work, or travel expectations.
- If you don’t ask these questions there may be unwanted surprises.
- There is nothing wrong with you if you feel overwhelmed, especially if you are not trained for this new position.
Gaining Respect by Asking Questions Before Accepting a Promotion
You will gain respect (including self respect) when you take the initiative and are in charge of your career. This way you can tell your leaders that you agree with their confidence in you and that you are the right person for your new position. If you don’t toot your own horn…who will? There is a huge difference in being a egoist and someone who shows confidence! I ask many questions before I accept a project from clients because I want to make sure that I know their expectations and that I’m the right person for their training. Clients tell me that they are impressed with my openness and candor. I have turned down business when I knew I was not the right person for them. That is why I support others to do the same.
Share Your Experience with Your Own Promotions
How about you?
- When did you turn down a promotion?
- What questions did you ask before you accepted a promotion?
- What conflicts did you experience after you were promoted?
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