100 Reasons Why You Have Not Being Promoted and What To Do About It

You have worked 10 years in an establishment but you have never been promoted, why?

You work very hard, but your efforts hardly get noticed by your superiors, why?

Now you are frustrated and you think you have made a mistake in your career.

In the book, Rules of Work by Richard Templar, he did a good job in trying to educate us on the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. It is the combination of both that will transform you from an ordinary employee into dynamic and result oriented employee who is valued and respected in the work place.

In this post I will quickly summarize some of the most salient points he made in his book;

1. Get your work noticed

2. Never stand still

3. Volunteer carefully

4. Carve out a niche for yourself

5. Under promise and over deliver

6. Know something others dont

7. Be 100% committed

8. Enjoy what you are doing

9. Develop the right attitude

10. Never let anyone know how hard you work

11. Dress well

12. Cultivate a smile

13. Develop the perfect handshake

14. Exude confidence and energy

15. Develop a style that gets you noticed

16. Pay attention to a personal grooming.

17. Be attractive

18. Be cool

19. Speak well

20. Write well

21. Know what you want long term

22. Know what you want short term

23. Study the promotion system

24. Develop a game plan

25. Set objectives

26. Know your role

27. Know yourself- strength and weakness

28. Identify key times and events

29. Anticipate threats

30. Look for opportunities

31. Dont gossip

32. Dont bitch

33. Stand up for others

34. Compliment people sincerely

35. Ask questions

36. Use please and thank you

37. Be a good listener

38. Only speak sense

39. Dont swear

40. Be cheerful and positive

41. Know the ethics of your industry

42. Know the legalities of your industry

43. Set personal standards

44. Never lie

45. Never cover up for anyone

46. Keep records

47. Know the difference between the truth and the whole truth

48. Cultivate your support, contacts, friends

49. Understand others motives

50. Assume everyone else is playing by different rules

51. Know the corporate culture

52. Speak the language

53. Dress up or down accordingly

54. Be adaptable in your dealings with different people

55. Know where to hand out, and when

56. Understand the social protocols

57. Know the rules about authority

58. Know the rules about the office hierarchy

59. Never disapprove of others

60. Understand the herd mentality

61. Dress one step ahead

62. Talk one step ahead

63. Act one step ahead

64. Think one step ahead

65. Address corporate issues and problems

66. Talk of we rather than I

67. Walk the walk

68. Spend more time with senior staff

69. Get people to assume you have already made the step

70. Prepare for the step after next

71. Ask questions in times of conflict

72. Dont take sides

73. Know when to keep your opinions to yourself

74. Be conciliatory

75. Never lose your temper

76. Never get personal

77. Know how to handle other peoples anger

78. Stand your ground

79. Be objective about the situation

80. Put things in perspective

81. Know all the unspoken rules of office life

82. Know what to call everyone

83. Know when to stay late and when to go early

84. Know the theft or perks rule

85. Identify the people who count

86. Be on the right side of the people who count

87. Be well up on new management techniques

88. Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas

89. Know the favorites and cultivate them

90. Know the mission statement and understand it

91. Identify the opposition

92. Study the opposition closely

93. Dont back-stab

94. Know the psychology of promotion

95. Dont give too much away

96. Keep your ear to the ground

97. Make the opposition seem irreplaceable

98. Capitalize on the career enhancing moments

99. Dont damn the opposition with faint praise

100. Cultivate the friendship and approval of your colleagues

These are the rules  Richard Templar has laid bare for all. It is very easy to see how those tiny little things we arent doing are really costing us our deserved promotion. To read much about these rules, I would suggest you get your hands on the the book; Rules of Work.