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Sep 06

In a very helpful article in Destiny Man, education expert Peter Kriel of the Independent Institute of Education, SA's largest private higher education provider, provides some great tips on how to go about it if you want to earn a promotion, but don't know how to broach the subject.

Kriel, along with other experts, suggest the following:

Earn the respect and trust of your managers, peers and subordinates

It might sound like an obvious principle, but it’s something many employees don’t follow.

Kriel, General Manager at The IIE, says earning the respect of your colleagues and managers starts with understanding what the company expects from you and then going over and above that.

“To be trusted and respected is simply linked to ethical behaviour, by delivering what you promise, asking when you don’t know and always respecting those around you,” he advises.

Kriel also advises you to be open to feedback and constructive criticism.

You might think that you know it all, but there will always be someone who knows more than you – so ditch the attitude, Kriel says.

“People who give feedback normally have more experience than you and those who criticise, even wrongly, have a reason for doing so.

“Being open to feedback and criticism will not only earn you respect, but will put you in a position to become familiar with the specific nuances of the environment more rapidly,” he says.

Click here for the full article on Destiny Man, for further advice from Kriel and more experts.


The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is a division of the JSE-listed ADvTECH Group, Africa's largest private education provider. The IIE is the largest, most accredited registered private higher education institute in South Africa, and the only one accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC), the independent quality assurance authority that accredits private institutions in the UK. By law, private higher education institutions in South Africa may not call themselves Private Universities, although registered private institutions are subject to the same regulations, accreditation requirements and oversight as Public Universities.

The IIE has a history in education and training since 1909, and its brands - Rosebank College, Varsity College, The Business School at Varsity College and Vega - are widely recognised and respected for producing workplace-ready graduates, many of whom become industry-leaders in their chosen fields. The IIE offers a wide range of qualifications, from post-graduate degrees to short courses, on 20 registered higher education campuses across South Africa.



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