Know your stuff, former GE CEO says.
Legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch has taken to LinkedIn to offer a few words of wisdom to those office dwellers looking to get ahead. In short, there are two things that every worker should do to snag that promotion: over deliver, and make your boss smarter.
Welch worked his way up at GE GE , eventually becoming the company’s eighth chairman and CEO in 1981. He even snagged Fortune’s “Manager of the Century” title in 2000. His career advice has been well-honed over his nearly 55 years of experience in the corporate world — and it has been chronicled in a book he co-wrote with his wife Suzy Welch.
To prove his point, Welch recalled an example from early in his career that paid off in a big promotion.
A year later that same boss remembered Welch, granting him a big promotion. That’s the key to success, according to Welch: “Over-deliver on the numbers and behaviors, but also gunning for the bigger perspective.”