3 unexpected actions that you should take after promotion
You just found out about the promotion. You are literally shocked when a great excitement is faced with great fear. You think you have the qualities you need to succeed, and others believe in you. Now is the time to understand what needs to be done and what cannot be done for success in a new position .
The feeling of anxiety , nevertheless, remains with you for a long time: can you succeed in a new post? To get rid of it, you put all your energy into studying what the next step should be and who needs to be impressed.
But if you think only about increasing the amount of work ahead and the number of people who need to be happy, you can doom yourself to failure or burnout in advance ... or even both options at once. To succeed after the promotion, you need to go beyond the usual strategies and do something unusual.
Here are three unexpected truths that significantly increase the chances of success and continued career growth.
1. You need to determine what you will no longer do
This is elementary arithmetic. The more time you devote to one area of activity, the less it remains for others. So, in addition to defining the responsibilities in a new place, you need to find out what you will not do anymore. This can lead to a reduction in the number of projects for which you are responsible: creating reports, models or proposals will turn into a simple observation of them. It is also permissible to transfer some direct duties to another manager. And the appearance of an assistant will allow you to respond to fewer emails.
To find out what you will not do is very important for the following reasons:
1. This will help determine when it is worth shifting tasks to others, rather than completing them yourself.
2. This will provide your subordinates with the opportunity to take responsibility for their own work.
3. This will force you to seriously engage in new things.
At first, you will deal with unfamiliar tasks worse than with duties in a previous position. If you do not become discouraged and hold on to the well-known territory of the old place and master the necessary skills, you can really increase the level of professionalism.
2. You must be more dependent on other people
Yes, you have achieved improvement thanks to your skills, hard work and potential. Tempting (especially if you are still not sure that you will be promoted) can seem like doing a huge amount of work. After all, I want to demonstrate to the leadership: you are able to do everything yourself (and efficiently!).
The only problem is that with each increase your dependence on others will increase, not weaken. Therefore, you should take care of creating a team in the office that can fulfill part of your duties. Such a redistribution will allow you to engage in higher-level strategic and managerial work.
Also need support outside the office. It's about hiring a janitor, a nanny, a cook, or someone else doing routine tasks. This will expand your recovery opportunities when you are out of work. This also includes the search for mentors or trainers who can help improve managerial skills, from time management to creating interpersonal relationships and everything that is between these two disciplines.
You never did the job that you are now. Therefore, a lack of confidence in their actions is the norm. However, you will never succeed unless you master the skills necessary for prosperity at this level.
3. You must maintain your internal priorities.
The higher you go up in the organization, the more important the base becomes. You need to sleep no less, and more - and be stricter to yourself to make this a priority. Neglecting sleep significantly reduces your abilities: control over emotions, decision-making ability and productivity. You cannot afford to sacrifice this on the next level.
You need to exercise more, not less - or just make a stable schedule of physical training, if you are already in good shape. Regular activity will improve health, improve mood and energy level.
It is necessary to devote more time to family, friends and just rest, and not to refuse such moments. This will give strength to withstand the stresses associated with the ups and downs in business, and create the feeling that life does not consist only of work.
PS We recommend another article on the topic - "Team Cohesion: Success or Failure?" .
The author of the translation is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult .