Getting promoted to a high-level position in IT is a long game. But it’s not one that’s won by being patiently excellent and waiting for people to take notice. Like any undertaking that requires the participation of busy colleagues, this will take preparation, persuasion, and a plan.
But before you pull out the org map and draw up a campaign, be certain that you want this. Sure, you want the salary, office, and respect. And maybe you’re certain you’d be an excellent manager. “But is the next role, and the pressures that come with it, really what you want?” asks John Appleby, CEO of Avantra.