Rule 23: Study the promotion system

Group Managing Director, DAAR Communications (Owners of  Raypower and AIT), Anthony Akiotu

When
you start your career, it is at the lowest level and you gaze upward at the
boss, the manager, the managing director, with reverence and awe.  One day, inevitably, you will age, gain
experience and ascend to greater heights yourself.  Either that or may be start up on your
own.  And for most people that’s about
it.  Career-wise they meander vaguely
upwards, often getting side-tracked and stopping at a level where they seem
comfortable, coasting, and happy.  And
that’s it. Career over. Game over.  Very
sad. Unless that’s really what you want. 
And if you’re a committed Rules Player, I doubt it.


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The
Rules
Player never meanders or arrives anywhere vaguely.  You plan. 
You know the system and use it. 
You understand the steps to be taken to get you from A to B and onwards and
upwards all the way to Z.
You
have to study the promotion system if you are to enter it and profit from it.
It is simply no use waiting for something to turn up, or for fate to take a
hand and propel you upwards by luck or chance. You have to seize the day and
make your own luck.  You have to know
exactly how to avoid all clinches and elevate yourself within the system.

“You have to study
the promotion system if you are to enter it and profit from it. It is simply no
use waiting for something to turn up, or for fate to take a hand and propel you
upwards by luck or chance. You have to seize the day and make your own luck”.

So,
what is the promotion system within your industry?  Do you know it?  Have you studied it?  Study the background of others who have been
there before you.  If not chances are you
are relying on luck to get you somewhere. 
This may be fine and it may get you where you want to be but it is
unreliable bit like doing the lottery in the hope it’ll make you rich and you
can retire. It might happen but it’s not likely.
Making
a promotion chart:
·                   
Within
your industry look upwards to the most senior position that can be held (or the
highest you could possibly expect yourself to aim for, they should really be
the same thing – mark this).
·                   
Now
 look at the lowest – mark this
·                   
Now
plot all the steps in-between
·                   
Now
mark your own place
·                   
Now
list the steps needed to get there.
You
now have your own promotion chart and can cross off each step as you make it.
(The
same principle of steps also works if you decide that rather than ascend where
you are, you’d like to set up on your own and be entrepreneurial rather than
corporate).
While
you are doing this, you can also list all the skills/experience etc that you
would need for each step to be made successfully.  Next to this, you can add what you have to do
to acquire these – where you must go, what you have to learn, what you need to
study. You can add these back into your long-term plan and your five year plan.
(Excerpts from THE
RULES OF WORK by Richard Templer Read “How to Develop a Game Plan” from The Rules tomorrow on Asabeafrika)











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