Should I Always Accept a Promotion? (And Other Questions to Ask Yourself)

first_imgIn the U.S., we are currently watching the biggest (and most heavily covered) campaign for a promotion—the one to become the next President of the United States. Regardless of who gets the promotion from candidate to President-elect come November, the electoral process parallels the process, and questions, you should asking yourself if you’re being offered, or looking to ask, for a promotion.Question #1: Should I always accept a promotion?
Answer: Generally speaking, yes – but the caveat is to determine whether the offer is really a promotion or simply increased responsibility dressed up as a promotion (i.e., no additional value to you). Be deliberate in responding to the promotion offer. In other words, before you say, ‘Yes,’ perform due diligence through a conversation with the person who is offering you the promotion and/or those with whom you will be collaborating.[Related: 9 Work Habits That Could Be Killing Your Chances For A Promotion]Question #2. How do I evaluate a promotion opportunity?Answer: Ask good questions, including a written description of the expectations and challenges that you will be facing when you hit the ground running. If you sense that the promotion is not really the direction you sought your career to go, but that leadership has you pegged for bigger and better things down the line, ferret out what this means. Is this a transitional opportunity leading to something bigger and better later? Or, is it simply a dead end?If it’s transitional, you should continue the discussion, diving in for more detail. Don’t be afraid to ask for timelines, what the next step would potentially look like and how the current step would help set the stage for what is next. Also make sure to focus on the expanded responsibilities associated with the interim step — ask, “Would you be learning as much from this as the company would be gaining from it?”[Related: 5 Ways to Negotiate What You Want For Your Career]Question #3: How can I ask for a promotion? Is asking taboo or cocky?Answer: Months (even a year or more) before you are going to ask for the promotion, begin tracking your achievements and results so you can prepare a business case for your promotion. Also, look ahead at the opportunity or opportunities that attract you and match your experiences and accomplishments with the pain points of the target position/division/manager/leader associated with that role. In other words, create a promotion plan to present to your boss.Conversations around promotions are unique and should be treated as such. Give yourself the time and space to think about what you are looking for, what your needs are and how you can prove that you are worth the additional investment your company would be making in you. The time you’ve spent working for your company will speak for itself, so long as you’ve mastered the elevator pitch that triggers memories of all the work you’ve done on their behalf. Practice, research and develop a strategy and you’ll be on your way.DISCOVER: Search High-Paying Jobs Hiring Now!last_img read more

Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.18 inches – 24 inches – 14 inches… SNOW & MORE SNOW – Is this a sign of things to come?One month has passed in 2011 and, in the midst of all the snow Boston’s been struck with, we at AYZH have been busy like never before:24 JANMA kits have been sent to Rural and Tribal Karnataka, India, thanks to support from Rotary and its members. JANMA is the clean birth kit developed by my organization, AYZH. The vision behind JANMA is that every woman should have a safe, clean, and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center, or in a government hospital. The JANMA kit is intended to give women the right to a clean delivery at a low cost. The kit focuses on “six cleans” recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO): clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating an economic opportunity in the communities we serve. JANMA is distributed through an established network of local pharmacies, clinics, and women-focused nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations.AYZH was short listed for Echoing Green (EG). Of 2,854 applications received only 7% were selected for the semi-final round. Seth Cochran, another Maternal Health Champion, has also been selected for the next round.AYZH has also been selected as a finalist at Unreasonable Institute (UI). Of 300 businesses from over 60 countries, 45 have been selected through an intensive evaluation process. We have an arduous task ahead to raise $8000 at the Unreasonable Marketplace to attend the six week intensive mentoring workshop. The first 25 organizations to raise this money will get to attend the Institute. If we are successful, not only will it help us steer our venture in the right direction, but it will also give us access to investors and mentors in the field. Please help us raise these funds by spreading the word among your networks and contributing anything over 5 dollars.Many great opportunities, like the snow in Boston, have been falling into AYZH’s hands. They will make for a very busy, but exciting year!Share this:last_img read more

Retail turnover rises 03 per cent in January 2012

first_imgThe latest ABS Retail Trade figures show that Australian retail turnover rose 0.3 per cent in January 2012, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.1per cent in December 2011. The rise was driven by cafes, restaurants and catering services (6.6 per cent) which is a subgroup of cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (4.3 per cent). Across the remaining industry groups, turnover rose in other retailing by 0.2 per cent and clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing by 0.1 per cent and fell in household goods retailing (-1.8per cent) and department stores (-0.2 per cent). Food retailing remained unchanged. The state which was the largest contributor to the rise was Queensland – increase by 1.7 per cent-, followed by Western Australia (1.0 per cent), the Northern Territory (3.5 per cent), the Australian Capital Territory (2.1 per cent) and Tasmania (0.1 per cent). These rises were offset by falls in New South Wales (-0.5per cent), Victoria (-0.4 per cent) and South Australia (-0.3 per cent). In trend terms, turnover rose 0.1 per cent in January 2012. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more