You've worked hard, produced great results, and have all the right qualifications. Nevertheless, that bigger job you had your eye on went to your boss's golf buddy, or old college roommate, or brother-in-law instead.
Scant consolation though it may be, but you've got plenty of company. A whopping 92% of senior executives say they have seen favoritism -- defined as the use of criteria other than performance -- determine who gets promoted, says a new study conducted by consultants Penn Schoen Berland on behalf of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
For those of you who think that performance alone will get you promoted, it won't. At least in many cases it won't.
And I wouldn't say that "favoritism" is the main problem/issue/reason. I think what they're really describing above is likeability. And as I've noted many times previously, being likeable is just as important to your career growth as is performance.
The following 11 "laws" that make people likable:
The Law of Authenticity: The real you is the best you.
The Law of Self-Image: Before you can expect others to like you, you have to like you.
The Law of Perception: Perception is reality. How you perceive others is your reality about them, and the same is true for them of you.
The Law of Energy: Energy is contagious. What we give off is what we get back.
The Law of Curiosity: Curiosity creates connections.
The Law of Listening: You have to listen to understand.
The Law of Similarity: People like people like them.
The Law of Mood Memory: People are more apt to remember how you made them feel than what you said.
The Law of Familiarity: People feel comfortable with who and what they know.
The Law of Giving: Give first. Do because you can, and because giving creates value.
The Law of Patience: Give it time, things happen.