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What is the best way / needed talent to move up?
I work as Senior Art Director and have no aCD + CD above me as I directly report to eCD.
By the end of this year I hope to be (a)CD.

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Do that position before you get there. Be a mentor to more junior creatives. Act like a leader. Be looked at as a person of knowledge, reliance, expertise, and influence. Do shit without being asked to. Fill gaps. You won’t get a role because it exists, but you’ll get promoted bec you’ve shown you’ve outgrown your current role and already stepping up to X. Good luck!

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I think you’re skipping a step.

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Or two

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Demonstrate initiative by developing a plan for how you’ll earn the title. Research job descriptions for the role you want - LinkedIn is a great resource - and identify themes in terms of qualifications. Then document where you’re qualified and what you need to work on. Write up a detailed timeline of how you plan to develop yourself over the next 6-12 months and take that to your ECD to ground your discussion on an upward trajectory. Demonstrating initiative, planning and humility will earn you respect and support. Coming in demanding a title without the appropriate accomplishments can cause leadership to view you as entitled. Not to say that would be your course of action, but just a watch out from someone in management.

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