Manager To VP- Best Practices
Find or create one case study that describes the pain points around the career and ambitions of director-level executives, especially as they look to moving to VP-level positions.
After a thorough search, we were unable to identify a case study of a director-level employee being promoted to Vice President. However, we were able to find enough information from multiple sources to identify some pain points in making this transition as well as to identify ways to successfully get promoted to VP.
Pain Points in Getting Promoted to VP
- One pain point in moving from director to VP is learning to delegate.
- People at the director level working to move to VP also struggled with relying too much on their past performance when interviewing for the role of VP. Past performance, however important to getting the interview, was not what illustrated readiness to move to the VP position.
- One additional career pain point was assuming that the skills necessary for the current position are the same skills that will move one into the next position, and waiting until they get promoted to learn any new skills.
- Finally, some directors struggle during the interview for VP as they are not prepared and do not utilize each interview question as a way to tell a story that illustrates their broader capabilities.
Strategies for Getting Promoted to VP
- One simple strategy, although one that many people neglect or avoid taking, is letting the leadership (c-suite especially) know that getting promoted to VP, or higher, is the goal.
- Focus on developing outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate with intention, the ability to listen, the ability to develop rapport with anyone and the ability to diffuse or avoid conflict.
- Demonstrating the ability to and desire to continue learning, including staying up to date with technology, the industry, and the company.
Proposed next steps:
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As the initial research was unable to find a case study of moving from director to VP, but did find ample information on strategies to make the transition, we recommend continuing the research to identify 5-7 best practices when looking to move from director to VP.
Alternatively, we could do additional research to identify 3-5 common reasons why director level employees decide to change careers (either through getting a new job or by getting additional education in a new field).