“The PI Guide: How the Promotability Index Can Help You Advance Your Career” by Amii Barnard-Bahn does what it says. This allows readers to advance their careers by forcing them to spell out how they will get there.
Some personal development publications promise the moon. Once the book is closed, however, the pull of the daily routine takes her breath away. These books end up packed with the punch of a fortune cookie, revealing but fragile, because the advice is too opaque to be actionable.
Barnard-Bahn’s book is different. It encourages readers to think big, yes. But act small.
“Success is a series of small steps taken consistently and with discipline,” writes Barnard-Bahn. “Don’t take too much at once, or you could easily get overwhelmed. “
It is the reader’s responsibility to fill many pages with honest thought and intention, masterfully coaxed by Barnard-Bahn, creating a dynamic, personalized, reader-centric experience.
Because the book marries close engagement with granular teaching, the “PI Guide” has a resilience where others of its genre do not.
However, the reader does not go it alone. Barnard-Bahn is a companion on the journey of transformation, sprinkling the book with his expert advice; recommended strategies; inspirational quotes; and external resources like books, videos and articles. She even logs into TED Talks and shares tips on how to use them for information.
The PI Guidebook complements the Barnard-Bahn Promotability Index: a free 82-question checklist that assesses a testee’s skills in five key areas they identify as drivers of promotion: self-awareness , external awareness, strategic thinking, executive presence, and thought leadership.
“Over the course of my corporate career, I have climbed a number of managerial positions, including that of HR Director, Compliance Officer and Administrative Director,” writes Barnard-Bahn. “I saw who got promoted and why.”
A total score on the index also places the candidate in one of the three stages of his career – exploring, establishing and progressing – bringing additional nuance to the results of the individualized test. A college graduate or person changing careers mid-life, for example, will use the “PI Guide” differently than someone at the peak of their compliance career, but the built-in exercises remain applicable to everyone.
After completing metacognitive work and stimulating promotability index exercises in each key area, Barnard-Bahn rewards the reader with a plan for self-development progress: a plan of action. His model keeps the reader’s feet on fire, demanding concrete steps, deadlines, anticipated challenges and compensatory forces to overcome obstacles. It offers the tools to be its own discipline.
Release the ego, embrace the blockages
One of the strengths of the “PI Guide” is the emphasis on humility, rather than ego, in moving forward. It might sound counterintuitive – and yes, trust is powerful – but Barnard-Bahn stresses that one of the keys to promotion is sponsorship.
“No matter where you are in your career, you need allies and sponsors to move forward. Someone has to make this bet on you, ”writes Barnard-Bahn.
Sometimes getting along with others and building relationships with stakeholders means eating a humble pie. It means looking for opportunities to solicit candid feedback on their perceptions of you.
“This will help you become aware of behaviors that can block or derail your advancement,” writes Barnard-Bahn. She tells readers to ask their boss what their biggest pet peeves are and how they could be more effective communicators.
“If something scares you, it’s probably a sign that you’re avoiding that aspect,” writes Barnard-Bahn. “Be curious and think about why a particular action is difficult for you. Maybe you will discover the great thing that is holding you back.
Maybe putting a slap on an armor and asking your boss questions, no one shy to hear the answers, requires more trust than humility anyway.
There’s another reason to put the ego to the curb when it comes to playing the long game: Sometimes getting ahead requires a sideways movement (without a raise) or even a step back. temporary to learn important skills that may be needed in the long term. advancement. Barnard-Bahn speaks from experience, having done both throughout his charter journey to the C-suite.
“Invoke courage and do the work. Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others, ”writes Barnard-Bahn.
Editor’s Note: Amii Barnard-Bahn is a quarterly contributor to Compliance Week.