7 Reasons You Didn’t Get That Promotion

Communication-Speaker-Colette-CarlsonAs a motivational speaker, I’m blessed to work with individuals and companies who strive to be the best and are interested in continually improving and growing. Yet based on the results of a CareerBuilder survey of employers, there are plenty of folks out there who don’t seem to realize – or perhaps don’t care – that certain workplace behaviors are red flags, hindering their chance for promotion. It’s clear these behaviors cited below show a lack of motivation, hurt morale and destroy cohesiveness. I rarely encounter such people in my line of work, and I hope you don’t either, though the reality is, they’re out there. So just what are the top 7 reasons someone may be passed over for promotion?

· Someone who says, “That’s not my job.” (71 percent)

Truth: Get over it. Any job that needs to get done for the benefit of the business is your job.

· Someone who is often late. (69 percent)

Truth: Get going. Time is a not a resource issue – it’s a priority issue

· Someone who has lied at work. (68 percent)

Truth: Get honest. Trust is the ultimate business tool.

· Someone who takes credit for other people’s work. (64 percent)

Truth: Get over yourself. You’re not fooling anyone.

· Someone who often leaves work early. (55 percent)

Truth: Get busy. Have calendar integrity.

· Someone who takes liberties with expenses charged back to the company. (55 percent)

Truth: Get smart. No pillow is as soft as a clear conscious.

· Someone who gossips. (46 percent)

Truth: Get Real. It’s just a cheap, fast way to make yourself feel good. Stop it.


Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Great wake up call for anyone who has a tendency to "slide just a little bit" in any of those areas. I can see where it would be easy to do. Clearly not effective, but easy. GREAT list to share a the next company meeting! 

  2. I can so see you up on stage bringing these points home to a business audience! "Get over it!"  "Get rea!l". You are just the motivational speaker to spread this message in your smart and funny way to help that person clean up his/her act and be more successful!

  3. Bingo. I think gossip is a real productivity killer!

  4. Those cubicles with the short walls certainly didn't help make it any easier to focus and get work done. You can hear everything. And when the gossip begins, all work stops and people participate. I don't know what they were thinking when they created those cubicle walls.


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