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Having an internal focus and not developing your external network

Hard-working and committed managers often commit a major misstep in managing their careers by becoming pre-occupied with activities and events inside their own company. As a result, they miss opportunities to develop their network outside of the organization.

"Whether you're in a market-facing role like sales, marketing or general management or in an internal role like information technology or human resources, the keys to your strategic and innovative thinking are much more likely to lie outside of the company than within it," said Mr. Beeson. "Managers who want to move forward must connect themselves with customers, marketplace trends, new industry practices and the diverse sources of information required to jumpstart their creative thinking. In addition, the lack of external relationships serves as an obstacle when it comes time to explore jobs outside the company."

"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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