Crack the Code: Why Were You REALLY HIRED (or Promoted)?

On August 23, 2011, in Blog, Onboarding, by Christine Glasco

Conducting due diligence when joining a company or accepting a promotion is part of the modus operandi of a seasoned senior professional or savvy leader.  However, when you onboard into a new company or a new role within your current company, you can never uncover all of the underlying reasons, wishes, unspoken needs or expectations that your new boss and other key influencers have concerning your position.

These underlying reasons are the issues that quickly impact whether you are perceived as a ‘keeper’ or not.  The key is to remember that these unstated reasons are how your performance is measured – they are as important and sometimes more important than the items on your position description or your division dashboard.

Your onboarding strategy plan must include uncovering the stated and unstated or real reasons behind the hire or promotion.

Listed below are some of the reasons I have personally been given for hire or promotion and the reasons told to me by friends and clients.  Another interesting fact – the real reasons for the hire or promotion have a much shorter allowed time frame for implementation and resolution.  In other words, you are judged based on how quickly you understand and act on the real reasons you were hired or promoted.

I have heard the expression ‘culture trumps strategy’ as it relates to what most impacts company effectiveness.  In this case, a newly hired/promoted individual’s perceived level of effectiveness in the first couple of months – is impacted most by uncovering the real reasons why you were hired or promoted.

A question for you to consider:

  • In the past, have you been surprised by what was identified as an ‘issue’ on your first performance appraisal?

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Christine M. Glasco consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management/career transformation strategies and strategic leadership development solutions. To provide you with clarity on how to achieve the next steps in your career, go to and request a complimentary copy of Is Your Career on Track? Assessment and e-Workbook

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