When Great Performance Won’t Get You a Promotion

(From FINS) -- If you're trying to move up the ladder, you're probably doing it all wrong.

So claims consultant and workplace expert Alexandra Levit in her new book Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success, which was released earlier this month. Levit offers up 10 things people tend to believe about their careers and how following them will only set you up for failure.

FINS caught up with Levit in a phone interview to talk about some of these career assumptions and why they're not true.

Myth: Being Good at Your Job Trumps Everything

Even if you're the best employee the company has ever had, if no one knows about your numbers, it doesn't matter.

"Your department won't be perceived as important, even if you're doing a good job, if the right people don't understand what you're contributing to the bottom line," Levit said.

You need visibility. To get that, you'll have to self-promote without being obnoxious or overly "braggy." Start with your boss, Levit said. Update him or her with weekly status reports that quantify your results. Check in as often as he or she wants.

You can also send a gracious email to your boss and your team as well as a few higher-ups, thanking everyone for their input. That way, you highlight what you did while appearing to appreciate the help of your colleagues and superiors.

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