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Keeping management informed isn’t the same as bragging

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Question: "After my boss was dismissed for mismanagement of funds, I was promoted to fill his position. I now report to a brand new vice president who recently joined our company and plans to reorganize our department. Because of the taint left by my previous manager, I’m worried about my place in this new landscape. 

"I believe I have an important role to play, but I’m a behind-the-scenes type and have never been one to self-promote. My new boss is now having 'get acquainted' sessions with all of her direct reports. How should I approach this meeting?"

Answer: Reluctant self-promoters should recognize that keeping management informed is not the same as bragging. If you fail to highlight your activities and accomplishments, they may not be considered when career decisions are made. This one-on-one with your new VP provides an excellent opportunity to make a good first impression. 

Clearly explain how your group contributes to important business results, then review current goals and priorities. Ask appropriate questions to learn about your manager’s expectations and preferences. Suggest how your talents might be used, but indicate your willingness to be flexible. If you manage this session well, you should easily escape from the shadow of your sleazy predecessor.

Trying to move up at work? Then here are some things to avoid: Nine Ways to Kill Your Chances of Promotion.

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