Credibility comes at a price.

If you want credibility, you have to earn it.

It doesn’t come any simpler than that, does it?

But how do you go about earning it? A young guy I know has been with his current employer for over 10 years. He is a go-to guy for the firm. You know the type, a hero that knows everything and everyone and gets stuff fixed. If you have a problem, he is the guy you go to first simply because you know that he will know how to fix it or who to ask. He knows his stuff and he constantly delivers.

Does he have credibility? Has he earned it?

You might think so but he is in a situation where he has been passed over for promotion several times and other managers around him have gone out of their way to erode his management credibility.

Why is that?

One can only assume that the management at his firm are too reliant on him in his current role and the other managers are fearful of his capabilities?

As a friend, he came to me and sought my advice. How does he secure that much deserved promotion? My advice was to find another firm to work for. After 10 years, he is too comfortable doing what he does and his senior management team know that. The firm is without a clear leadership development culture so will continue to exploit his abilities so it is time to move on.

What would your advice have been?

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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I agree with your advice, after 10 years, the firm wants hi right where he is doing what he is doing now, and they have no intention of moving him up. Another firm would give him the opportunity to push outside his comfort zone and move up

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@libgrl Yes it is rather short sighted of them. My challenge now is to help him find an opportunity that he deserves. We are looking closely at his transferable kills because he is in a rather specialised job at the moment.

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