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.”