Re: Falling on Deaf Ears, I'm afraid
@asksqn: To your point, I've also see situations where failing managers were promoted again and again in hopes of "getting them out of the way."
The biggest failure here is not on the shoulders of the person taking the promotion, but rather on the company for failing to be realistic about the person's abilities. In my ideal dream world, every opportunity to advance would come with company-provided training to help the individual learn the leadership or other skills that they may need to develop in order to grow in their new role.
Unfortunately, most companies executives I've seen simply toss folks into the deep end of the pool with zero support and then scratch their heads as they watch the person drown.