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Assuming that producing strong results will lead to a promotion

Too many managers spend their career energy focusing simply on producing results in their current job in the erroneous belief that strong performance will necessarily get them promoted. As a result, they never get to the heart of what will prompt decision makers to move them into higher-level positions. Managers who just focus on displaying "non-negotiable capabilities" like a consistent track record of performance or a strong work ethic are unlikely to get the big promotions.

"What really matters are the deeper, more complex factors that relate to the skills required to succeed at higher levels," said Mr. Beeson. "But most managers who are looking to move up don't even consider these variables or even know they exist -- in large part they haven't received the feedback they need."

"As much as companies say they want to develop future leadership talent, most do a poor job of specifying the requirements for advancement. As a result, many managers operate under false assumptions about what's needed to get ahead," said John Beeson, succession planning and organizational development expert and author of The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level (Jossey-Bass, 2010 ) . "In this environment, those who leapfrog to a higher level realize that they need to tease out deeper feedback and make adjustments not only to how they approach their work but also how they display their skills to key decision makers."

This slideshow highlights the five executive promotion killers identified by Beeson.

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