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Brag Your Way to Your Next Promotion

Trumpet your success without overdoing it

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in Dealing with Bosses,Office Management

You’re the consummate pro, but you’re not a chest-thumping braggart. You figure you’ll let your stellar work product speak for itself and rocket you up the corporate ladder.

That’s fine in an ideal world. But, well-timed, subtle remarks about your accomplishments can remind bosses just how good you really are.

Here’s how to brag without coming across like a blowhard:

Plant seeds. At larger companies, the typical span of control of mid- to upper-level managers is 20 to 30 employees as opposed to five or six in the 1980s. That leaves less room to get noticed.

When you have a chance to chat one-on- one with your busy boss, grab it. Use the time to mention an ambitious goal you’ve set for yourself or your team, along with your deadline to produce results. Make your goal so compelling that your boss cannot help but want to know how it turns out. That way, you’ll have an opening to brag when your boss follows up with you later.

Enlist third parties. It’s unseemly to talk too much about your outstanding achievements. But you can always get others to do it on your behalf.

If you’re working with good consultants, show them what you’ve done and what you’re about to do. They can relay their admiration to higher-ups.

Publicize your team.
Advertise the great work of your group. Send a companywide e-mail highlighting your team’s performance, or post colorful signs or photos that salute your winners. Your bosses will see that it’s you, the team leader, who deserves credit for motivating your troops and recognizing their success.

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