Submitted by eastbayrider on
I hear a lot of talk about promoting directs and readying directs to be promoted and also some talk of managers not doing so. Have you considered that in many cases the direct can only be promoted to his manager's position? If the direct can only be promoted to his boss's position, and the boss isn't going anywhere, then what is the direct to do?
You can't keep a person for ever
If your job is the only one available, you still have to develop your direct. Eventually, you might get promoted or leave. Even if you don't, no one stays in their job forever. A developed direct will have more career advancement opportunities from your development. And developing your direct should make your job easier or you more effective. Remember all that stuff you delegated? It is off your plate. And your boss has probably given you new stuff to work on, which you could not be doing if your were not developing your direct.