Lesson 001: Bypassed for promotion
TV Series: Star Trek - The Next Generation
Season/Episode: 5/1 ('Redemption Part II')


The Federation is about to go to war with the Romulans. Multiple Federation Starships have been called to the neutral zone. Capt. Picard is assigning senior officers to command some of the ships in the fleet. Every senior officer gets assigned a ship, except for Data. Data, a ranking senior officer, inquires of Capt. Picard why he was not assigned a ship. Capt. Picard, realizing his oversight, quickly assigns Data a ship.


This is a classic management, or rather mismanagement issue.

While Data is fully qualified for the promoted position, he is overlooked for promotion because he is an Android. Although Capt. Picard greatly respects Data, and had actually fought against Starfleet in Data's defense in the past, this one time, Capt. Picard just made a very human oversight.

How many times in your own career have you been the victim or the perpetrator of this conduct? Have you ever not received the assignment, the recognition, the promotion or even the right cubicle or office that you actually deserved?

Sometimes, the omission by management is purely unintentional, as is the case with Capt. Picard and Data here. Regardless, in all such situations, YOU MUST SPEAK UP AND ASK WHY!

There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking why you were overlooked or bypassed. The answer you receive will tell you more about how you are perceived by management than any pat on the back or thumbs up during Happy Hour.

Just as all good sales people always ask for the deal before they leave a prospect, you should always ask for the right deal for you from your management, if you have been overlooked.

If management should decline your request, you have lost nothing, but gained a very precious insight into your possible career future.

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