Do These Two Things to Snag That Promotion

Genevieve Fish

In 2000, Fortune named Jack Welch, the legendary General Electric CEO, “manager of the century,” so we think it’s safe to say that taking his advice will do wonders for your career. Welch distills what every employee should do to get promoted into two things: over-deliver and make your boss smarter.

For example, when Welch was a first-year process engineer on a new plastic, he spent off-the-clock hours doing “a hell of a lot of research” to understand how his little project related to the bigger company and the plastics industry as a whole. That extra work enabled Welch to step up when the company boss came to receive his requisite update. By over-delivering on the job and “gunning for the big perspective,” Welch was able to give his boss a clear view of what he was investing in and how his investment compared to the competition. A year later that same boss granted Welch a very big promotion. You know how the story ends.

To read the full article, head over to Fortune, and check out more of Welch’s invaluable advice in The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Career, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Suzy Welch.

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