Don't let yourself be cast as the IT pro who's stuck, grumpy or complacent. Consider these midcareer moves.
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Levy pointed to three "P's" of promotion decisions: performance, politics and perception. Note that only one of these is 100% under your control, but that doesn't mean you can't influence all three. "People need to take all these into account when they manage [their] career," Levy said. Look for opportunities to participate in a positive manner both internally and externally, rather than lurk. "Lurkers don't get promoted," Levy said. "Become a helper." An example: If you're a manager who's been with your company for a while, ask HR if you can assist with the new-hire onboarding process. "Help newbies to the organization navigate and understand the career decisions you made, and how they can get to where you are," Levy said. "Become a mentor. Become a player-coach."
. We've got a management crisis right now, and we've also got an engagement crisis. Could the two be linked? Tune in for the next installment of IT Life Radio, Wednesday May 20th at 3PM ET to find out.