Here’s a question from a recent Ask Annie column:
Dear Annie: My boss, who is also a longtime mentor and friend, will be retiring at the end of the year, and he’s trying to help me position myself to take over his job. He’s been telling me that, if I want to keep moving up, I have to do a better job of self-promotion — that is, I have to try harder to make sure that higher-ups in the company are aware of my accomplishments. The trouble is, I was raised not to blow my own horn, and it’s very hard for me to boast about what I’ve done, especially when other team members deserve some of the credit. Do you have any suggestions? — Mr. Modesty
What’s your advice? You can read Annie’s response here.
I have always had a problem with self-promotion, which does seem like bragging. My parents taught me not to brag. Self-promotion also seems to run counter to my Christian values (read Colossians 3:22-24).
That said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting in front of management and showing them your capabilities. I also think there’s nothing wrong with networking and making yourself a resource for when things need to get done.
Overall I agree with Annie’s advice but it doesn’t make me any more comfortable with bragging.