Hi Stephane, I work hard and aim to do my job well. I admit though that I have a mindset where I struggle with downplaying my skills. Although I would love to be on the management side also because I like communicating with people, I'm terrible at grabbing the lead positions for myself.
I've generally somewhat naively thought that if you achieve a lot you'll be noticed and things will just happen. In well run organizations, that's hopefully true. In bigger, more political organizations, you may find that some people get promoted for being able to "manage up" better than you. IMHO in the long run these people flame out and people who have a constant track record end up rising to the top.
That being said, managing your career is your responsibility. Be proactive about asking to move within your company (even without a promotion - just as a way to learn new skills, work with new people, and show that you can adapt) and about deciding when it's time for you to move to the next one. Build relationships within and outside the company - giving more than you take from those relationships helps you build capital that may prove handy one day...
Thank you for your response Stephane. It's nice to hear see how your train of thought matured through your experiences. Do you have any stories to share on interesting ways you've been promoted? Or has any of them been casual when you strike a conversation? Appreciate your time a lot! This AMA was a good read overall.