Why Everyone Needs to Think Strategically

You’ve just sat down with your boss to discuss your performance. You lay out all you’ve done in the past few years, highlighting your successes and contributions. You describe how you’ve effectively worked with your team, showing data about how they’ve met their goals consistently since you became their manager. You remind her that your past few performance reviews have been positive, and even note the additional work you’ve taken on to assist colleagues and even your boss herself. Then you make the ask: You’d like a promotion.

Your boss pauses for a moment, then replies, “You do good work, and you’re a key member of the organization. There’s no question your team benefits with you as their ...

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