The Promotion Challenge: How to Re-Engineer Your Relationships for Success

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Want to see these? Then you’ve got some work to do.

If the new year or other recent changes have meant a new, leadership role for you, then realize this: all of your work relationships must change. The way you interact with others in the system – your former peers, new peers, your own boss – will be different from now on.

Michael Watkins in the Harvard Business Review writes that the work itself is not a problem: all of your former peers, after all, are professionals who know how to get things done. The problems can lie in the new relationships between you and others, and that’s why stepping up into a new role can be fraught with challenges.

“Because you think you know everyone and everyone thinks they know you, it’s easy to miss the fact that all your existing work relationships were shaped, in part, by the role that you previously played. The corollary is that now that you have taken a new role, those relationships must change: relationship re-engineering is therefore at the heart of meeting the promotion challenge.”

What should new leaders do to make a successful transition? Making the shift from Peer to Boss.


Have you had to make this transition in your career? Share your tips for success with your fellow Greater IBMers in the Comments – we’d love to hear them.

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