dearmargaretDear Margaret: I've been encountering a reoccurring theme in my life. That is, I keep getting passed over for promotions. I play by the book, get to work on time, play well with coworkers, and get good reviews. I've approached supervisors about this, and am always told, "so and so has the same qualities as you have, but they take chances or think outside the box." It is true, I don't like to ruffle feathers and I do play it safe. But isn't there something to be said for a steady, dependable employee? Will promotions always be just out of reach?
Can't Advance

Dear Can't Advance: Yes, there is something to be said for the dependable employee. They are the bones of a business, and are valued by employers. I think the answer to your question might lie in the reasons you "play it safe" and "don't want to ruffle feathers." What are you playing it safe from, and what do you believe would happen if you didn't stay in your safe zone? Ruffling feathers can indeed be risky. What do you believe would be the result of making waves? Do you fear getting fired or causing people to dislike you? People who are promoted have the same fears, but never the less take the risks. Once you identify what it is you fear, you may have the key to moving ahead. Or, you may decide you prefer your comfort zone.

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