Yearend 2012 is just four weeks away. Assessments of performance during the year are most likely being churned out this time around in most organizations. There will be a somewhat unsuppressed clamor or at least some big hopes for forthcoming promotions by many, considering the widespread perception of the Philippines’ economy faring well – no small thanks to the rising OFW remittances and the continued surge in BPO-derived revenues. There will be those who will be disappointed if the promotion does not happen. Are you going to be a senior executive this year or not? For these faint of heart, the impulse is to find solace in the oft-repeated escape: “time to look for greener pasture”. Unfortunately, the so-called “greener pasture” is increasingly becoming a myth for many. What is there to do then but wait one’s turn, right?
I remember one line from the book of Joyce Meyer, Christian Author and Evangelist, which says: “waiting is not the ability to wait but keeping the right attitude in waiting”. Federal Express (or FEDEX) noted that: “Waiting is frustrating, demoralizing, agonizing, aggravating, annoying, time-consuming and incredibly expensive”.
Speaking of waiting, no one wants to endure the agony. And it becomes excruciatingly unbearable if the wait is related to feeling being left behind by peers when it comes to expected promotion milestones. Is it therefore a good time for soul-searching? Yes it is, especially as you consider that promotion per se is a function of many factors -- including those that are reflective of your own performance, output, and overall contribution to the organization’s attainment of its goals.
Waiting tests one’s patience or even one’s character. It can be a humbling experience, even. Is it possible, you might reflect, that you have an oversized assessment of your role? How interdependent is your role with your colleagues? Are you enabling your team to flourish or are you perhaps dragging it?
There are unwanted waits, to be sure. But there are positive waits, i.e., those that you have well perceived as being in line with the overall dynamics of moving up in your organization and are synchronized with its operating culture. Highly regarded stable, iconic large organizations are well known for thoroughly deliberate succession process, hence the long wait even for the most deserving.
Waiting desperately for a promotion should not be your end-all goal. Rather, continuously improving your competencies, your knowledge base, and skills, viz., particularly on key corporate functions, leadership, communication, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, to name a few, should be your priority. If you did all these, the waiting will be over -- sooner than later.