Promotion Stories: What it Really Takes to Get Promoted

Welcome to the launch of my new Promotion Stories series: posts that offer inside details on what it really takes to get promoted at work.

Trying to get promoted can be a maddening experience. Many of you have learned the hard way that working hard, doing a good job, delivering results, and being a high performer isn’t enough to get promoted. But it’s often a struggle to understand what else is needed to advance your career.

Promotion Stories: What does it really take to get promoted?

This series aims to answer this question by examining real-world promotion stories. The goal is to better understand the process of getting promoted by interviewing professionals who successfully moved up at work.

We’ll hear stories and follow lessons from those who finally got promoted.

Some were promoted into their first managerial role, others advanced to director level, some reached the executive ranks, and some were promoted somewhere in between. Whatever the case, these stories can be a source of inspiration for your own path to a promotion.


Promotion Stories: Served up Q&A style

Served up in a Q&A format, we learn how others have successfully managed to move up at work. Including…

    • The process they went through to get promoted.
    • The factors that were most important to getting promoted.
    • How much their compensation increased as a result of being promoted.
    • The challenges they had to overcome to become promotable.
    • And much more!

While I’ll be sharing my thoughts and key learnings from each story, I encourage you share your own takeaways in the comments section. 

Promotion Stories: Learn what it really takes to get ahead at work

Promotion Story 2

Promoted from Director to Executive Level

“I received a 15% bump in total compensation (base, bonus, equity).”

Promotion Story 3

Promoted from Coordinator to Manager Level

“I’m proud to say I got promoted because I asked!”

Promotion Story 5

Promoted from Manager to Director Level

“The hardest part about getting to where I am now was overcoming age and gender prejudice.”



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