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Promotion Matrix

www.hbr.org M ANAGING Y OURSELF Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion by John Beeson • Included with this full-text Harvard Business Review article: The Idea in Brief—the core idea 1 Article Summary 2 Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion Decoding the unwritten rules of corporate advancement. Reprint R0906L M A N A G I N G Y O U R S E L F Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion page 1 The Idea in Brief COPYRIGHT © 2009 HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PUBLISHING CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. • 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 failur