I volunteered to transfer from the software engineering (product development) side of our company to a new services group about 2 years ago, and since then have built highly effective team of about 6 people into an effective organization. We have had a string of happy customers, won a few industry awards, making solid margins, etc.
Even though my job title is Project Manager, I have spent a lot of effort building the services organization - hiring, setting goals and objectives, building an esprit-de-corps around customer service, continuous improvement, process efficiencies, etc. My mindset has been that even though we are relatively small, I approach it as if I was the 'CEO' of our part of the company. I see my career path going to Director, VP, etc. so I figured I would do the job, then get the title.
So about 3 months ago my boss says, she is going back to the Sales organization, so we have an open req for Director of Professional services (she is a VP). So I say, great, I am interested and I think I am great fit. She says, no - you aren't ready. I say why? She says, well remember when you first got here and had some conflict with your peer managers (I am high D)? I say sure, but that was then - and I have improved how I work with others - I have had positive feedback on this point in recent reviews.
So I see the job posting - and its basically the job i am doing now but with a requirement for 5 years of experience in PS. I have two years experience in PS, and I know our business from the inside (been here almost 4). Which seems like an advantage.
Maybe my mission orientation caused some friction with a few people at first. But they sure like the results. But as a former Air Force officer getting 'passed over' for any reason doesn't set well. Getting anything other than a 'ready for increased responsibility" is a bad OPR.
Its a good company, and I can keep doing my PM job no problem. So my inclination is to shrug it off (the boss is going to do what they are going to do), keep doing what i am doing day to day, get a little more savvy with the people skills, and make sure i am in a better position for the next opportunity that comes by.
But it doesn't feel great- sure they don't 'owe' me anything - but I do feel like I really worked hard to build what we have (from nothing) and deserve the chance take it to the next level. The company doesn't have a great track record of promoting from within - they tend to look for the 'outsider' to come in with all the answers (hasn't worked yet). But forcing the issue seems like a bad idea.
I realize there isn't really a question here - but it helped to share my situation.