I love House of Cards, I practically worship it – because it is symbolic on so many levels. And it’s a great source of bold career advice.
Let’s follow what Frank Underwood did when he didn’t get his promotion.
- Accept what it is and give yourself time to be sorry. Pause.
It’s OK to fell sorry, angry, betrayed and hate everyone. Probably you should call your wife, though.
“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”
- Think hard. What happened? What went wrong? What didn’t you know?
Don’t pretend you’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t say it’s bad luck. Don’t complain life isn’t fair. Ask the President’s Chief of Staff what happened and listen. What have you learned?
“I have zero tolerance for betrayal which they will soon indelibly learn.”
“I must not lose my resolve. I will march forward even if I have to do so alone.”
- Make new friends. Network.
Maybe you need to update your resume, maybe not. In any case, you must be seen as someone positive and focused. Someone who learned the lesson and moved on.
“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”
- Help the winner. Make yourself useful.
Don’t badmouth the person who got that promotion, especially if this is your new boss. Be helpful. Offer your loyalty. Work harder and smarter. Volunteer to sponsor that educational bill. Steal it if you have to 🙂
“Moments like this require someone who will act. To do the unpleasant thing. The necessary thing.”
“From this moment on you are a rock. You absorb nothing, you say nothing, and nothing breaks you.”