Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A few years ago,
this posting on the secret to getting promoted caught my eye.
After several years at Microsoft,
I had an epiphany today.
I came to the realization that the best way,
rather the only way -- to get promoted is to demonstrate
the ability to hire and retain top talent.
Other factors do go a long way but without the ability to hire,
you are going to reach your glass ceiling sooner than you think.
I have done absolutely nothing to demonstrate this ability,
and if I managed to hire or retain anybody, it was purely by accident
and for that I apologize.
As far as I'm aware,
I've never done anything listed in the article
as "the only way" to get promoted.
I must have been promoted by mistake.
(And I suspect
might have a thing or two to say to the claim that the only way to
get a promotion at Microsoft is to hire, hire, hire.)
Yes, I know that the phrase "the only way" was written for rhetorical
effect and is not to be taken literally.
I'm making a joke, people!
And as it so happens, I also took the text out of context.
The target audience for the remarks was senior management,
not dorky programmer types like me.
So, strike two.
After reading this entry
in my "upcoming entries" blog queue
accessible only to Microsoft employees,
a fellow employee emailed me to say that this Web site was
a factor in deciding to come to Microsoft,
so my claim that I have done absolutely nothing is incorrect.
I wrote back, "Well, maybe so, but it's also the case that I haven't
been promoted since you were hired."
The response: "I guess I must not be top talent."