Q. The engineering project I just completed at work was a great success, and it previously had been a real problem, so I thought I'd automatically get promoted. I didn't. I'd like to know what I can do about that-and should I be angry? I am.
Ans. We get angry only after we've felt hurt. So don't waste your energy being angry. Get busy doing the things that WILL get you promoted. According to John Hoschette, a senior manager at Lockheed Martin who wrote "The Engineeer's Career Guide" (Paperback $69.95) says companies don't always promote managers who solve difficult problems, because they feel that's what you're hired to do, and you're doing that. On the other hand, Hoschette feels there are things you can do to get the right attention. First, go into a high-energy and high-out-put state, making your efforts visible to management and keep showing them good results. Also, when reporting the projects' success, talk and write in terms of "our" and "the team's" work, rather than "I." Spreading your team's work also will pay dividends for all of you.