One of the best sessions I have had in my training career was my PMP weekday class in June this year.
In the class was a HR Manager of one of the leading banks in Nigeria, a retired Oil worker who worked with an Oil major for 20 years.
While we were treating project human resource management, the retired Oil worker shared with us that in the corporate ladder, high performing talent is not enough. He stated that technical skills can only get you to an extent and that to go further, you need to know how to play office politics, build cross functional relationships and the proverbial a** licking. Guess what, the HR Manager corroborated this assertion. So I did a study around this and came up with some ugly truths about career. find below.
1. You don’t have to be the smartest or best at what you do to get to the top
Have you ever talked to a senior executive and wonder how in the world did this person ever get so high up in a company. They have no idea what they are doing.
Well there is a common misconception that only the smartest or most qualified make it to the highest ranks of a company.
In reality, it is the people who are the best at understanding corporate politics, building cross-functional relationships, and developing high performing talent that makes their way to the top.
Once you start progressing into the ranks of senior manager or director, high performing individuals start being defined by their people and soft skills. The hard skills that you pick up earlier in your career as a specialist in an area matter less because you hire people to do that work for you.
I have seen many people get frustrated when their careers plateau as middle managers and feel cheated when their peers who seem less qualified get promoted. Most corporations aren’t places of meritocracy.Read More