A classmate was looking particularly stunning last week on the MBA programme. She was wearing a beautiful dress - businessy but stylish. I commented on how well she looked and she replied by telling me that she had given herself a promotion. She runs her own small company and gives herself a promotion every couple of years to keep herself motivated. She said that with her latest promotion she decided she would dress differently - to make her really believe this new promotion.
And what struck me is that we can all give ourselves a promotion. It doesn’t need to be our bosses who decide whether we get a promotion or not. We can decide to act differently and dress differently just as if we actually got a promotion. The interesting part is that this is likely to result in us being treated differently too. We all noticed that our classmate was looking very professional and I dare say we subconsciously treated her differently because of that. Nadine and I both have done this in our careers at different times - where we dressed up and worked up to the next level - as if we had had a promotion. And the result? Well, we were treated differently by our colleagues and promotions came shortly thereafter!
Can you give yourself a promotion? Is there an opportunity to raise your game? If anything else, it is a confidence boost and great fun :-)
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