Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I think I could do my boss's job better than she can. There have been rumours that she might be forced out - how should I make my move? I'm quite young and I'm not sure all my colleagues would approve but I'd like to give it my best shot.

A: Getting a top job in a company is not the same as getting a top job in a political party. You don't have to declare your candidacy and embark on a long and public election campaign. In fact, any sign that you're deliberately campaigning - or 'making your move' as you call it - could well do your chances more harm than good.

There's an element of hypocrisy in this, of course; some residual belief that well-brought-up English persons should know better than to reveal personal ambition; but there's good sense behind it as well. Two or more people clearly out to catch the eye of management for a job that hasn't even been declared vacant can have a hugely disruptive effect on a department. It can also, perversely, make management's decision more difficult; they won't want to be accused of taking the bait. …

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