​[Career Promotion Myth #15] If I'm getting great feedback, I'll get promoted


Positive feedback feels so good! Especially the non-specific kind:

Patricia is an experienced manager.

Patricia is very knowledgeable.

Patricia is a hardworking employee.

But it's the perfect trap. You feel good but there's nothing behind.

Why are you receiving this unhelpful feedback? Some clues

- Boss doesn’t know how to provide feedback.

- Boss doesn’t want to have meaningful conversations about your gaps.

- Boss doesn't care about your career.

In the meantime, you

- feel appreciated

- expect that the praise will translate into a promotion

- don’t engage in meaningful discussions about your career progression

If that's your plan for 2023, let me tell you that you're probably in denial.

You can wishful-think yourself into the idea that the new year fairy is going to deliver a promotion but chances are that by the end of January this feel-good mirage will have disappeared.

What to do instead if you are receiving “non-specific” positive feedback? Ask your manager for specifics

- What's the value you provided to the business last year?

- What are your 3 most significant contributions last year?