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"How do I decline a promotion?"

Wednesday, September 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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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."

Trudy 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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