I want a promotion, but my boss won’t make a decision about who should become office manager when the current person retires at the end of the year. Should I be aggressive in my approach, or do you recommend I wait and see?
A friend of mine recently called to tell me he was stewing over what had just “gone down” at work. His peer in the sales department had been promoted to manager. Now he had to answer to this guy, who he felt was a lousy manager. On top of that, he was the one who had always envisioned himself as a manager.
His question: “Why didn’t they ask me?” My question to him: “Why didn’t you go to management and tell them you were interested in this position and explain why you were best qualified?” In fact, that’s just what his peer had done.
Moral of the Story
The early bird gets the worm. Yum. That’s just another way of saying, go for what you want. Unfortunately, management can’t read your mind. And many managers aren’t enlightened enough to realize that the first candidate who approaches them isn’t always best for the job.
In this increasingly fast-paced and competitive job market, managers just don’t have, or don’t feel they have, time. If your boss doesn’t seem to be making a decision, and you want the job, go for it. And if you get the worm, I’m sure you’ll find a great way to prepare it. Best of luck, and let me know what happens!