I’m eager to progress in my career and move up the ladder in my company, however I don’t feel this is a focus for my line manager and I’m concerned this will stunt my growth. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?
Feel empowered to own your personal progression – it’s so often assumed this is the responsibility of a manager however each individual does have the power to to drive their progression. Managers should have your progression at the top of their priority list however all too often, their focus is on pressures from above or other areas of the business. I would support your manager and work with them to collaboratively drive your progression. Book in regular 1-2-1’s with them, say half an hour every 2 weeks where you can track your progression together. In the first meeting be very honest about where you want to get to and your ideal time frame. You can then collaboratively create objectives with your manager to achieve that. On your regular 1-2-1’s you can discuss progression against those objectives and gain feedback. Never be shy to drive your own development – you’ve got this!!
I agree with Sarah Smith, feel confident to take control of your own progression and make sure you have a structure in place that works for you. I read the 1 minute manager which explains exactly this. It would be a good read for you.
So many people feel threatened because they think if people ‘underneath’ them are doing well, it somehow means they will be overlooked themselves. I find it’s good to form a good bond and healthy working relationship with your line manager and let them know you want to work with them to further yourself, which will in turn, further them 🙂
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