JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sometimes the best person for a promotion isn't the one who gets it. Otherwise, we'd all be the boss at work.
Let your mind drift to life in a perfect world for a second where office politics don't exist, no one makes a mistake, and those who work their tails off get rewarded with a promotion.
Now, back to reality. Office politics and personality conflicts do influence decisions at work. Sometimes the other guy gets the promotion and you're left in the cold.
"People really do underestimate the importance of organizational politics," said Paul Fadil. "And they tend to overestimate their skills, abilities and accomplishments."
How you get along with others seems to carry more weight than how you did in your last job.
Dr. Paul will be in the house Thursday morning to talk about how to deal with getting passed over for a promotion and ways to get to the front of the line next time.
"Don't react negatively," said Fadil. "Be gracious and congratulate the winner."
You should also:
- Try to be objective
- Look beyond your ego/emotions
- Ask why
- Don't be defensive
- Never belittle the promoted person
- Never ask your boss to reconsider
Chat with Dr. Paul on Good Morning Jacksonville Thursday beginning at 5 a.m. You can also leave your thoughts on our facebook page.
Fadil is a professor at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida who specializes in organizational behavior and international management.
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