I WORK WITH A GOOD FRIEND AND THERE’S AN OPENING FOR A PROMOTION. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE FRIENDLY COMPETITION?
Preserving longterm relationships is just as important as jumping on new opportunities. The bad news here is that someone’s feelings may get hurt. The upside: you and your pal probably already communicate well. Speak openly about the fact that you’re both applying, agree to put your best bids forward and let the chips fall where they may. Remember that companies are always evolving and positions are always changing. Trust the outcome whatever it may be and be happy for your friend if she gets the promo. Being mature and thinking bigpicture will position you well for the next opportunity. And if you get it, don’t gloat.