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Promotion Matrix

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ANAGING Y
OURSELF
Why You Didn’t Get
That Promotion
by John Beeson

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Harvard Business Review
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Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion
Decoding the unwritten rules
of corporate advancement.
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Decisions about who gets promoted can
seem mysterious and arbitrary. Stellar
performance reviews and a strong track
record—and you still get passed over.
What’s going on?
• In most companies feedback is vague
and confusing—sometimes intentionally,
so as not to demoralize. It’s up to you
to ferret out the real reasons you’re not
getting the job.
• For example, think twice when you’re
told you need to work on “leadership”
or gain more “seasoning.” These can be
code words masking more specific concerns,
like a failure to demonstrate strategic
thinking or an i…