"How do I decline a promotion?"
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Trudy Bourgeois
How do I say "no thanks" to a promotion
without removing myself from consideration for other opportunities?
If you find yourself in this position, it's because
not enough people know what your career vision is. Use this situation as a red
flag. Ask yourself, "How did I get into this corner?"
You must be bold and consistent when talking about where
your passion is and where you can add the greatest value. If you haven't done
that and you find yourself here, then get busy. Your key stakeholders need to
know what you want and don't want. Your mentor needs to know. Your sponsor
needs to know. Make it clear. Communicate.
If you do have to say "No, thanks,"
then link your "No" to where you can add the greatest value — to your
"Yes." Try, "Thank you, but not this opportunity. I can,
however, do [name another opportunity]. And that is
the opportunity I would like to pursue."
Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW
Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The
Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW
Executive Leaders Forum conference designer.
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