Guide for career progression – 3Ps process – Part FOUR – Pass it on and progress

Pass it on and progress ahead

In the previous two posts I mentioned how to get into a project and become a real dependable and key project member. If you have not read them, I recommend you to check at the bottom of this post to get the links for them.

Assuming you have actually become the key player within the team and enjoyed your time at the top of your capabilities, for a good while, then you should really look forward to ‘start unlearning’ your knowledge in the project and start to build a back up for yourself so you could try and make yourself ready for next step.

When I essentially say ‘unlearn’, you need to ensure that following things are met,

  • Identify the person who could take your role within the project
  • Start personally training the person over the project
  • Ensure the knowledge you have gained on the project is shared / understood and practiced by the second level person you chose
  • Make yourself available to your manager for the work that he need to get done (After all, you are after his job, aren’t you?)
  • Start to make yourself redundant in the project

You might question me on the last point I wrote here, and ask me when the second phase tells me to be a key player in the project, why do you suggest to make yourself redundant in the project now?

Well, valid point but a very very important one. The answer is, unless you make yourself redundant to the work and make project work independent of you, how would you step up to the next role? Got the point !

It is essential to build a good team and good resources in the project when you leave it behind. It shows a good legacy and a good track record of yourself as a professional, manager and good leader. Another thing you need to do in this phase is to engage with your manager more often than you used to do in the earlier phase, see if you could try and understand what work he does, how he does and understand the job expectations.

Secret tip: Your manager also needs to move up the value chain, so help him do so and claim his throne. Give him space to move up and you could move up too !

If you get good luck along the way, you might see a good result in your next performance review, and then you can start applying the phase 1 to your role again ! As I said earlier in my first post, the entire cycle lasts for approx 2-3 years to you got to have patience during the process and show a good willingness to put hard work and show resilience.

Hope this series would have helped you the corporate cycle of career progression. All your comments are welcome as usual.

Cheerio and all the best


This is a series of FOUR posts on Guide for career progression – 3Ps process.  Other posts on this could be found below.

Part ONE – Overview
Part TWO – Prepare yourself
Part THREE – Practice hard, become a key player
Part FOUR – Pass it on & progress

2 comments

  1. I agree to your thought process. I believe it can be used for moving upwards, however I do not think it can be effectively used for moving out of the project as you will be given bigger challenge once you identify a current successor.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I am of the opinion that in the 3rd P, you can either move up or move out. Its all about reducing your personal importance to the role you are playing and subsequently to the project you are working on. Most of the times, I have seen that employees do not have a FIRM wish to move out and look for outside opportunities and prefer to stay back in the same project. I am pretty sure if this principle is applied for moving out, it would surely be successful !

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