What happens after a promotion?


Former CEO, been there, done that in the corp world, now heads a startup making idlis for a living.


From time to time, I will try and pen down some management/career gyaan. Sometimes it might be some other gyaan. Sometimes it might not be gyaan at all. But this being the first of them and on evam’s blog, I’m going to write something connected with theatre, but just about :)

After the celebrations, some things change:

…you might get a different/bigger work area

…some benefits/perquisites (maybe)

…get invited to the odd party thrown by someone (where being the newest, you feel awkward and will try really hard to make the right impression, be ignored, but yet go and brag abt it ..Oh so casually, to the less fortunate)

…a new business card (which you will flaunt initially till you realizes no one really cares)

…the month end salary slip looks better (at least one hopes it does)

… a few other things possibly

BUT, invariably…you soon realize that the emails look the same as earlier… the issues you deal are the same as earlier… the people you work with haven’t changed… everything looks the same….

…and you start wondering “what the hell was this promotion about”? Was it just acknowledgement that you had warmed the seat for a long enuf time? Or had you really deserved it? Or did they just give it to you to retain you (not becos they love you and you are indispensable, but becos it would have been a pain to find, recruit, train and get someone to do the same job at yr low price)? Or did you get lucky?

Many more such doubts will plague you.

The best way to deal with it is to remember that your role has changed. And that means you must do different things, and also do (and deal with the old) things differently.

This is where the analogy with theatre comes in. Think about the word ROLE. If a theatre artist does EXACTLY the same thing in every role, how long would you tolerate it? You expect to see some differences, right? Do you remember cribbing becos some actor acts exactly the same way in every movie? And then you stop going to see those movies? Well… your employers and other stakeholders are no different. If you don’t change, they are going to give up on you in different ways. You’ve been given a role, and it is up to you to make the most of it and use it well. Don’t be afraid of being a different person at work, with your subordinates (who might have been peers yday). When they say, “you aren’t the same person like before you got promoted” or that “you have changed after your promotion”, feel good about it. It means you are trying. You are taking it seriously. You might not succeed at first, but you are thinking about it right.

Chew on that.

About EVAM

Founded in 2003 by Sunil Vishnu K. and Karthik Kumar, ‘evam’ today is a profitable young thriving arts organization making people believe in the power of the Arts.
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2 Responses to What happens after a promotion?

  1. Shivi says:

    That’s an interesting analogy, I must say! With the rapidly evolving demands at work, one ought to keep ‘reinventing” oneself .. otherwise you will lose the battle!


  2. Saikumar C Krishna says:

    Well…well…well…R U Srinivas having worked in HR in MNC shared service centre you did hit the bull’s eye mate. Yup…There is always an expectation by line managers from their subordinates some superlative performance through adaptability to the demands of their roles.


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