While I was coaching a client, she received a $100K pay raise from her employer. She said this would never have happened had she not engaged my services.
As a result of our coaching engagement, she became bolder at work, which caught the attention of her boss. He then began to give her juicier assignments, which she took on with enthusiasm. Her boss recognized how valuable she was to the organization and quickly realized how lost he’d be without her. So, without any prompting, he awarded her a $100K pay increase.
Here’s some of the advice I shared with her that may be helpful to you.
** You must shamelessly promote yourself. Bosses are busy people. It’s up to you to keep your boss up to date on your accomplishments. When doing so, be specific.Rather than saying you saved a lot of money by changing vendors, tell your boss exactly how much you saved the company. When doing so, don’t forget to annualize these savings. Here’s what I mean by this. “By signing this new vendor agreement, we’re going to be saving $250K a year, which equates to over 1M dollars of savings over the life of the contract.”
** Confidence matters. The people who get noticed and promoted at work come across as confident. Instead of turning down an assignment or choosing not to go for a promotion because you’re unsure if can do the job well, say yes, and then figure out how to soar in your new role.
** Power is not a dirty word. I define power as the ability to get things done through other people. I can’t think of one organization where office politics doesn’t exist. Can you? Power moves are being played out in every organization. The sooner you learn to master the game of power and office politics, the better.
** There is no better investment than yourself. The client that I mentioned decided to invest in herself. In other words, she didn’t wait for his company to assign a coach to her. She found me and hired me.
People often tell me they can’t afford to hire a coach. These same people then post photos on Facebook of their latest adventure overseas. Money is a priority. I get it. It’s probably a lot more fun vacationing in the south of France than working on yourself. However, an additional $100K in your paycheck will give you peace of mind, knowing that you don’t have to watch every dime, and you may even have money left over to take a nice trip more than once in a blue moon.
** Time is not on your side. If your current work situation isn’t great, then waiting won’t change anything. Things will most likely get a lot worse rather than better. The time to consider all your options is now, while there are still 11.3M job openings.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my client initially contacted me because she was sure she wanted to leave her company.
Her tune quickly changed when she stepped into her power and improved the dynamics with her boss.
The money soon followed. How cool is that?
Reach out to me if you’d like to see if coaching is right for you.