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MAN WORKS IN MNC SAYS ‘BOOTLICKING IS HOW YOU RISE UP, NOT TALENT’

I have been working for over 20 years and I have at least worked in 5 large local to MNC companies.

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One thing I notice, it is never the most talented man that gets the promotion it is always the loudest man.

I once worked in a company where there was a very talented man who learned everything super quickly and senior workers were starting to take him as a threat. He was able to fulfil every task quickly and helped increase the productivity levels of his department by 50%.

However, when the promotion period began he did not get promoted and the department head hired another person with a more senior position but lacks the skills.

That man had one skill, he was obedient like a dog and loves to bootlick.

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A year later, it was the promotion period again and the man was not promoted. But the bootlicker got promoted instead although he has only been working there for a short period of time.

The talented man questioned his superiors and they said: “You are too young to be a manager”.

Typical local old school Singapore company that promotes people by age. The talented man then went to search for a job and came back with 3 offers.

His superiors were shocked and counteroffered him with a 35% increment (he is that valuable) and a promotion.

So long story short, I saw this kind of case in all the large corporations and they are always promoting the bootlickers, not the ones who are talented.

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Five types of people get promoted to onsite opportunities in any field.

  1. People who are genuinely friends with managers (very rare)
  2. People who purposefully become friends – buttering
  3. People who belong to the same community / speaking the same language as your manager
  4. People who are related to a very influential person in that place of that institution
  5. At last, people who really work hard and are really good at what they do – if you belong to this category. If your promoting authority is a good person you will get promoted anyway. Even if he/she is biased you will get promoted one day
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