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How to Maximise Your Chances of a Promotion into a Management Role

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Some people go through life happy to stay in the same job, on the same pay grade, with little or no responsibility. There is nothing wrong with this approach – after all, the cogs of industry grind on thanks to reliable, unambitious souls like this – but if you have your eye on a promotion, you need to lay the groundwork first.

In some cases, promotion is part of the package. For example, if you graduate from an MSA program online from Villanova University with top grades, and then enter an accelerated management-training program with a blue chip company, you don’t expect to stay in the post room for long. But if you left school with few qualifications apart from a burning ambition to be more successful than everyone else in your family, you are going to have to work a bit harder.

Here are several tried and tested techniques for maximising your chances of promotion into a management role. They are not guaranteed to work, but they will definitely help your cause.

Study for an MBA

An MBA under your belt, especially one from a prestigious university such as Stanford or Harvard, will definitely help your chances of reaching a coveted management position within a short period of time. However, what you need to remember is that books only teach you the theory. You won’t become an effective manager unless you get out there and gain some experience.

Ask for Extra Responsibility

It is important to speak up if you want to take on extra responsibility. Don’t wait for your annual staff appraisal before you ask to try working in a new department. If there is a new project or a new department opening up, ask your boss for the opportunity to work there so you can gain new experience. By showing your boss you are willing to put the hours in, you are more likely to be considered for promotion when the time is right.

Speak Up

Speak up and be heard. If you have something to say, say it. If your boss has made a mistake, let him know and then explain your reasoning. They will respect you more for your honesty.

Be a ‘Can Do’ Person

Don’t keep your head down when things are going wrong. Muck in and do your best to sort out problems when they arise. As long as you are cheerful and happy to work when called up to do some overtime, your superiors will soon start to see you as a ‘can do’ person they can call upon when necessary.

Avoid the Drama

Gossip and idle chatter is best avoided if you are hoping for a promotion. It’s easy to be sucked into water cooler gossip, but you won’t be doing yourself any favours in the end.

If you think you have ticked all of the right boxes, yet you keep being passed over for promotion, make a point of asking why at your next employee appraisal.

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Trump Comments on Stock Market’s latest drop – says it’s ‘peanuts’

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Trump says Tuesday’s market drop is ‘peanuts’

President Donald Trump played down the stock market’s losses on Tuesday as “peanuts” when compared with the importance of striking a good deal with China and the gains since his election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average “was about 16,000 or 15,000 and now it’s almost at 30,000,” Trump said at the NATO summit in London. “It’s going to be at 30,000.”

“If the stock market goes up or down — I don’t watch the stock market. I watch jobs. Jobs are what I watch,” he added. Today’s move is “peanuts compared to — we have picked up record numbers so that’s OK. That’s the way I feel.”

The major stock indexes slid Tuesday after Trump said he thinks it would be a good idea to delay signing a trade deal with China after the 2020 presidential election. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 450 points at its lows on Tuesday, led lower by trade-vulnerable AppleCaterpillar and 3M.

“In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal, but they want to make a deal now, and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right,” Trump told reporters before U.S. markets opened Tuesday. When asked if he had a deal deadline, he added: “I have no deadline, no. … In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth.”

Despite his assurances that he doesn’t watch the market’s daily moves, Trump often tweets within hours of when the U.S. equity market reaches an all-time high. He has tweeted the keyword “stock market” 107 times since his inauguration

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11 kids quotes we’re all feeling

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Ok so there’s always that time when you just wish so bad you could straight up say whats on your mind, but you know you really shouldn’t, so you don’t. Well leave it up to kids to say exactly what you’re feeling, no hesitation or regret. Check out these kids quotes that say everything you wish you could!

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How to become a better businessman in 6 steps; Priceless advice from Entrepreneurs

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Become a better businessman in 6 steps following this priceless advice from accomplished entrepreneurs.

  1. “Do something you’re very passionate about, and don’t try to chase what is the hot passion of the day.”

    Jeff Bezos accentuates having passion for what you are doing, because if you don’t love it you are much more likely to give up. It’s hard to take an idea and turn it into reality, especially by yourself or when people whom you respect tell you it can’t be done. The passion and love you give to your project will determine it’s success rate over time.

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  2. “Don’t let people who you may respect and who you believe know what they are talking about tell you that it can’t be done.”

    Pierre Omidyar continues to say that often they will tell you it can’t be done and that’s only because they don’t have the courage to try it.

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  3. “If you know exactly who you want to be, you need to spend as much time [as possible] with people that are actually that already.”


    This advice from Gary Vaynerchuk is actually priceless when it comes to success in the business world. Think as well “It’s not what you know but who you know,” and surround yourself with people you look up to. Human’s adapt to their surroundings quickly, and soon you won’t just want to be an entrepreneur, you will also know how to act like one.

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  4. “Come up with 10 new ideas every day.”


    Coming up with at least 10 new ideas every day will keep your “idea muscle” in shape, which is critical for an entrepreneur in order to keep going and stay ahead of the fast paced business world. James Altucher continues to say that once you’ve done this for about 6 months you will be an idea machine. New ideas keep passionate projects alive and ensure growth in every direction.

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  5. Realize that, “naturally, nobody is interested in your ideas. You have to persuade them, and you have to show them that you are the one person out there that can do it.”



    Robert Greene, an American author known for his books on strategy, also says that “no one is really going to help you or give you direction.” Realizing this sooner than others will give you a head start and the ability to stop looking for recognition in others. Instead, you can focus on your passion project and make it perfect, and the world will not be able to ignore it.


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  6. “Don’t think about ‘how do I get big fast.’ That will happen if you build something meaningful and important.”




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    Danae Ringelmann’s advice is not something to skip. If you rush your ideas or your product you will be relying on luck more than anything to create success for you. While luck is certainly involved in alot of things, relying on it or betting on it to ‘get big fast’ doesn’t help you become a better businessman. Being proud of what you create, instilling passion into your work, and working hard will ensure success more than anything.


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